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Chemical Risk Programs

EPA‘s Chemical Risk Information Programs provide citizens with information and valuable resources to help better understand what chemicals are in our communities and the potential risks associated with those chemicals. EPA also provides support and resources for regulating agencies at the state, county, tribal, and local levels. All information and resources that we provide are accessible to any interested parties.

For Region 7 businesses, EPA has provided up-to-date regulated chemical lists, hazardous substance regulations and reporting requirements, along with fact sheets, spill reporting requirements, and other resources. Reporting requirements can often be complex, so it is important to remember that we are always available to assist businesses in managing risk.


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Chemical Risk Programs In Your Community

In Your Community
What chemicals are in your community? What can you do? Click here for fact sheets, state-by-state regional information, and tools to help you find out what chemicals have been reported by industries in and around your neighborhood.

Chemical Risk Program Business

Does your business manufacture, use, or store hazardous substances? Click here for information related to hazardous substance reporting, regulated chemical lists, links to hazardous substance regulations, fact sheets, spill reporting guidelines, and other resources to help you manage your risk.

Chemcial Risk Program LEPC

This section contains resources for State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), Tribal Emergency Response Commissions (TERCs), and local hazardous substance regulating and enforcement agencies.

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Ever wonder why EPA exists and why it does what it does? Click here for links to the History of EPA, videos from the Chemical Safety Board on real-life chemical disasters and releases, and EPA’s image gallery.



Chemicals in Your Community Informational Pamphlet (PDF) (24 pp, 1.53MB, About PDF)

Want to Know What’s in Your Community?
Companies must report when a certain amount of regulated hazardous substances are present in their facility or have been released to the environment. Try these great online tools to see what facilities in your area report manufacturing, using, or storing hazardous substances and what hazardous substances they’re reporting:

How Can You Get Involved?

Want to Report a Spill or Environmental Violation? (And other resources for concerned citizens)



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Spill Reporting by Statute

Which Regulations Affect You?

If you manufacture, use, or store the threshold quantity of hazardous or extremely hazardous substances listed in the following regulations, you may have obligations including reporting, risk management, hazard assessment, employee training, process safety, and more. Follow these links to review the hazardous and extremely hazardous substances covered under each regulation and their respective threshold quantities (and to determine whether your facility is a regulated one):

CERCLA: (Resources for facilities which must adhere to CERCLA requirements)

EPCRA: (Resources for facilities which must adhere to EPCRA requirements)

Clean Air Act Section 112(r): (Resources for facilities that must adhere to Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 112(r) requirements)

Are You an Ethanol Plant Owner/Operator? Click Here (PDF) (104 pp, 2.94MB, About PDF)

Are You an Anhydrous Ammonia Refrigeration System Operator? Click Here (PDF) (80 pp, 1.56MB, About PDF)

Do You Own a Small Business?


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Why do we do what we do?

Chemicals are an important part of the modern world. They provide fuel for our cars, kill pests on crops, and make our water safe to drink. We can find them in our homes, our schools, and even the food we eat. Unfortunately, much of what makes these chemicals so valuable to us can also make them very dangerous. If these chemicals are not used and disposed of properly, they can be a threat to human health and the environment. Disasters such as the BP Texas City Refinery Explosion (2005) and the tragedy at Bhopal, India (1984), remind us why EPA must continue its mission to protect human health and the environment. The Chemical Risk Information Programs are dedicated to protecting our health, the health of our children, and the health of the environment in which we all live and work.

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