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Information Needed for Reporting

Each reporting authority requests slightly different information about reported releases. When reporting under these standards, try to include as much of the requested information as you have available.

National Response Center (NRC)

When reporting a release, the person making the report should provide as much of the following information as possible:

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Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Releases

EPCRA section 304(b)(1) directs that notice include the following information, if known, and if inclusion will not cause a delay in responding to the emergency:

As soon as practicable after this initial notice, EPCRA section 304(c) requires the facility owner or operator to submit written follow-up notices providing and updating the initial notice's information and including additional information regarding response actions taken, any known or anticipated acute or chronic health risks associated with the release, and, where appropriate, advice on medical attention for exposed individuals.

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Continuous Releases

A continuous release is a release that occurs without interruption or abatement or that is routine, anticipated, and intermittent and incidental to normal operations or treatment processes. There are four steps in the continuous release notification process: (1) initial telephone notification (to the NRC, State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), and Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC); (2) initial written notifications to the appropriate EPA Regional Office (within 30 days of the initial telephone notification); (3) follow-up written reports; and (4) change notifications. Details on the information required are found in 40 CFR 302.8. Additional information on reduced reporting for continuous releases is available.

The person in charge is required to provide the following information in the initial telephone notification:

The initial written notification must include the following types of information:

The information required in the written follow-up report is identical to that required in the initial written notification, but it is based on release data gathered over the year (i.e., during the period since the submission of the initial written report). If there are any changes in a continuous release, the EPA Regional Office must be notified. If there is a change in the source or composition of a continuous release, the release is considered a "new" release.

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