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ARA on EPCRA filing
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Emergency Management is classifying any agricultural retailers that blend fertilizer as a manufacturer for reporting purposes under Section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986. Any agricultural retailer that blends (i.e. non-chemical reaction) dry fertilizer at their facility should include these products on an annual inventory report (Tier 2 report) that must be submitted to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and the local fire department. The information must also be available to the public. Facilities must submit their Tier 2 reports by March 1 of each year. ARA recommends each facility review their Tier 2 reports to ensure information on all blended fertilizer stored on-site has been included.
For any hazardous chemical used or stored in the workplace, facilities must maintain a material safety data sheet (MSDS) for fertilizer stored on site, and submit the MSDSs (or list of the chemicals) to their SERC, LEPC, and local fire department. Under EPCRA Section 311, facilities must submit the same MSDSs they maintain for OSHA to these state and local agencies or submit a detailed list of the same chemicals instead. This is a one-time submittal; facilities have three months after becoming subject to the OSHA regulations to submit their material. Under Section 312, facilities also need to submit an annual inventory report (Tier I or Tier II report) for the same chemicals. As stated earlier, this inventory report must be submitted on an annual basis to the SERC, LEPC and local fire department by March 1.
Source: Agricultural Retailers Association
TFI, ARA Support Regulatory Compliance Assessment Tool
The following statement was released by Daren Coppock, president of the Agricultural Retailers Association and Ford West, president of The Fertilizer Institute. "The fertilizer industry continues to extend its thoughts and prayers to the people of West, Texas, who are grieving for those in their town who were lost or injured. We are watching closely as investigators determine what happened and upon a final determination of cause by the Chemical Safety Board we will work together to identify and apply any lessons learned. While that investigation continues, we are reaffirming our commitment to safe operations of fertilizer facilities by alerting the industry to the availability of an important tool to support compliance with existing federal regulations and associated best management practices.
West Texas Fertilizer Incident
The state of Texas convened the first legislative hearing in response to the deadly explosion at the West Fertilizer Company. Officials from a half dozen state agencies offered testimony concerning their various regulatory responsibilities. According to DSHS officials, the West facility contained about 270 tons of ammonium nitrate. Despite its explosive potential when mixed with heat and fuel, ammonium nitrate is not on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of "extremely hazardous substances." Those who possess more than 10,000 pounds must file paperwork with the EPA and DSHS, but the information concerning which facilities in a given community may be storing large amounts of potentially dangerous chemicals isn't readily available to the average citizen.
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is ready to do what's necessary for the continued safe operation of retail facilities. The retail fertilizer dealer plays an integral role in the nation's food production system. It is up to each retailer to work with local, state and federal regulators to ensure the safety of the community in which his or her business functions. We share the public's concern. We want our employees, customers and neighbors to be safe. Because no one knows yet the cause of the blast, it is too early to decide what the right solution is. The Chemical Safety Board has an excellent reputation for its ability to analyze evidence from catastrophic incidents such as the one in West and determine probable cause. It is up to each retailer to work with local, state and federal regulators to ensure the safety of the community in which his or her business functions. With this in mind, we are committed to listening and learning about new ways that we can better be stewards of the neighborhoods in which we operate. Source: TFI's Ford West, USA Today
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