February 2016: Changes Affecting Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (SARA Title III) Reporting

Effective July 1, 2015, Senate Bill 484 transferred the responsibility for administering Indiana’s reporting program under Title III of the federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA Title III) from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS). All Hazardous Chemical Inventory/Tier II reports are now due to be submitted to IDHS [PDF], beginning January 1, 2016.

In addition, IDHS has developed Tier 2 Manager, a new online portal designed to act as a unified reporting, notification, and fee payment system. Facilities no longer need submit separate Tier 2 reports to ISDH, the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and the local fire department and can pay their Hazardous Chemical Inventory Fee (HC-500) through Tier 2 Manager via credit card or e-check.

IDHS is conducting workshops [PDF] on the new reporting system. Interested parties should RSVP to the appropriate workshop contact.