EPCRA Planning and Reporting Manager™

Our 2-day Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) training course focuses on reporting requirements, data collection strategies, calculation methods, and common misunderstanding and reporting mistakes.

Confidently prepare Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) and Tier II EPCRA reports.

Completely updated and upgraded for 2022, this course prepares students to lead EPCRA reporting efforts, oversee EPCRA compliance, and validate information prior to submission. The course covers current EPCRA applicability and reporting requirements, including multiple chemical lists, applicability thresholds, required reporting, deadlines, available reporting tools, and required supporting documentation.

Practical applications of the requirements for various industry sectors and for Federal agencies are explored and discussed. Illustrative scenarios are presented on industrial and Federal agency reporting under EPCRA Section 313 to provide a clear understanding of where to focus attention and how to apply the complex guidance of the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) requirements to actual facility operations.

The annual reporting requirements of EPCRA are complex, with several sections of the law establishing different reporting threshold calculations and annual reporting requirements.

Who should attend this course?

EPCRA Planning and Reporting Manager™ course was developed for environmental professionals, managers, and others responsible for environmental reporting of hazardous materials and substances stored, processed, or used on their facilities.

What is the course format?

This course is presented as a series of topical modules in a logical sequence. Each module is designed to foster open class discussion to explore the finer points of these requirements. Class exercises are used to break up the day and apply new information to real-life scenarios. Participants use various data sources and regulatory references to practice calculating reporting thresholds and quantities.

EPCRA Planning and Reporting Manager™ is presented over a 2-day period, with frequent breaks throughout the day, and a 1-hour break for lunch. The course is offered in pleasant and easily accessible locations, and training venues are selected to allow you to escape distractions and focus on the presented material in a professional setting. All locations offer wireless service and Internet access so you can stay connected. Discussions among instructors and participants is encouraged throughout the course.

What does this course deliver?

EPCRA Planning and Reporting Manager™ covers current reporting requirements, methods for compiling reports, and required supporting documentation to ensure EPCRA compliance. Current best practices and compliance strategies are discussed as a group.

You will leave the course prepared to lead EPCRA data collection and reporting process.

At completion of the course, you will receive a certificate for your records.

What’s covered in the course?

Taking this course will greatly increase your confidence level by having identified all of the applicable EPCRA requirements for your organization and gaining an understanding how to compile and submit required reporting. You will receive bound course handout materials, which becomes a useful desk book for later reference.

Topics Covered Include:

  • EPCRA applicability by section
  • EPCRA Sections 302 and 303 reporting requirements
  • Spill notification requirements under CERCLA and EPCRA
  • EPCRA Sections 311 and 312 reporting requirements
  • Reporting extremely hazardous substances (EHSs) and the CERCLA 102(a) hazardous substances
  • Documentation procedures when no reporting is required
  • EPCRA Section 313 thresholds and reporting
  • Responding to changes in reporting requirements or onsite activities
  • Practical inventory and reporting strategies, including the acceptable use of estimates
  • Current regulatory and compliance management trends

Course Agendas are subject to change

Day 1: 8:15 am – 4:15 pm

  • EPRCA Background and Overview
    • Regulatory Structure
    • Emergency Planning Information
    • Community Right To Know Information
  •  Use of EPCRA Data
    • By Regulators
    • By Facilities
    • Pollution Prevention
  • Section 311 – Material Safety Data Sheet Tracking
  • Section 312 – Tier I/II Reporting
  • GHS Initiative and Relation to EPCRA

Day 2: 8:15 am – 3:00 pm

  • Review of Sections 302 and 304; 311 and 312
  • Overview of Section 313 TRI and
    Form R
  • Threshold Determinations and Exemptions for 313
  • Review of TRI-Me and Form R Reporting Format
  • Form R Reporting workgroup breakout (includes working break)
  • Sect 313/Form R Considerations and Exercise Review
  • Maintaining EPCRA Compliance

Craig J. Schwartz, CHMM, CPEA, CET, is an environmental regulatory compliance specialist, with more than 20 years hands on experience assisting clients achieve and maintain compliance with environmental and safety laws and regulations, including contingency planning, risk evaluation, and public communication. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) who has provided compliance support and troubleshooting to more than 250 private companies and federal agencies, ranging from steel mills to the US Army. He has led compliance audits and risk evaluations for more than 350 facilities in 42 states, and has been approved by the USEPA and several states as a third-party compliance evaluator. He has supported Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting analysis for Department of Energy and private facilities nationwide. Craig is an experienced instructor, having delivered more than 50 courses to nearly 1,000 students, and has achieved recognition as a Certified Environmental, Safety, and Heath Trainer (CET).