There are no fees associated with reporting under SARA Title III in Michigan.
In January 2013 the SARA Title III Tier Two workshops and the MAERS workshops will be scheduled together. You will have the option to attend one or both workshops. The SARA Title III workshop will not include release reporting. That will leave time for the MAERS workshop on the same day. Details, when available, will be posted at www.michigan.gov/deqworkshops. If you are interested in Release Reporting, that session was recorded on January 26, 2011 and is available on the DEQ Workshop website.
Effective October 17, 2011, the administrative stay for reporting hydrogen sulfide is lifted. It will be first reported for RY 2012; due date July 1, 2013. Facilities need to keep records during RY 2012, so they can file their reports for that FY (threshold calculations and Form R/A submissions).
On November 26, 2010, EPA finalized a rule to provide communities with additional information about toxic chemicals being released to the environment. The rule was effective on November 30, 2010, and adds 16 chemicals to the TRI list of reportable chemicals.
Read more about these rules and TRI-listed chemicals.
The 2012 Tier Two reports must be submitted between January 1 and March 1, 2013. Reporters can update the information now for submittal in 2013 in Tier II ManagerTM.
On July 13, 2012, EPA published the final rule in the Federal Register that revises the Tier Two form by adding mandatory and optional data elements to the facility identification and contact information section. It also revises some existing data elements in the chemical reporting section.
On July 13, 2010, EPA published guidance in the Federal Register regarding the Hazardous Chemical Exemption for Solids under SARA Title III section 311(e)(2): "any substance present as a solid in any manufactured item to the extent exposure to the substance does not occur under normal conditions of use." Under EPA's new interpretation, facilities will only have to include and count the amount of fume or dust emitted or released from a manufactured solid that is being modified to determine if the SARA Title III sections 311 and 312 reporting thresholds have been reached. This interpretation applies to metal, bricks, and any other manufactured solid item that undergoes a modification process. It does not apply to lead in batteries.
Section 302 Emergency Planning
On March 22, 2012, EPA published the final rule in the Federal Register that revises the manner for applying the threshold planning quantities (TPQs) for those extremely hazardous substances (EHSs) that are non-reactive solid chemicals in solution. The revision allows facilities that have a non-reactive solid EHS in solution to first multiply the amount of the solid chemical in solution on site by 0.2 before determining if this quantity equals or exceeds the lower published TPQ. This rule is effective April 23, 2012.
On July 13, 2010, EPA published guidance in the Federal Register regarding the phrase "as soon as practicable" associated with providing a written follow-up emergency notice under the emergency release notification requirements. EPA has decided that 30 days should be sufficient to submit the written follow-up notice of the emergency release to the SERC and LEPC.
The EPA's List of Lists was updated in July 2011.