Enforcement and Assistance in New England
EPCRA 2005 Accomplishments
The EPCRA Team held workshops in 34 communities throughout New England in partnership with its state environmental and emergency management agencies. The purpose of the workshops — "Basic EPCRA" and "TRI Compliance" — was to improve data quality, encourage electronic reporting and increase compliance. Over 2800 industry representatives, consultants, public sector and emergency response staff participated in these workshops.
As a result of these workshops, Tier II submissions increased and were submitted electronically. EPA-NE received self disclosures under the Audit and Small Business Policies from 74 facilities. These self disclosures saved industry over $5 million and represent "new" facilities reporting for the first time. (See "Self Disclosure" table below.) Likewise, under TRI, reporting of persistent bioaccumulative toxics (PBTs) continued to increase which represents a better understanding by industry of their TRI obligations. In addition to the self disclosures, several voluntary revisions were submitted under Tier II and TRI. Electronic submissions to TRI increased from 36.3% to 51.4% while paper submissions decreased 13.2% to 10.2%. In both programs the electronic submission of EPCRA data is of higher quality and more easily utilized by responders.
|Program||# & Type of Event||# of Attendees|
|EPCRA Tier II & RMP||20 workshops||2400|
|CAMEO||11 training sessions||380|
|CAMEO||3-day basic course||60|
|CAMEO||two 2-day advanced courses||50|
|CAMEO||3 specialty classes||75|
|Program||# of Facilities||Deferred Penalties|
|EPCRA – Tier II||41||$2,587,100|
|EPCRA - 313||30||$1,665,528|
|EPCRA – Tier II & 313||3||$783,740|
|% of Facilities
TRI Goal 2004
|% of Facilities
| % of Facilities
|Program||Type of Action||Penalty|
|EPCRA – Tier II||24 inspections||TBD*|
|EPCRA - 313||10 inspections||TBD*|
|RMP||11 desk audits**||-----|
|RMP||17 field audits**||-----|
|RMP & EPCRA||5 companies - injunctive relief||$1.91 million|
* To be determined.
** Results of audits: Numerous safety deficiencies were identified. Types of facility changes resulting from audits: Many facilities upgraded safety systems and improved hazardous identification as well as operation and maintenance EPA-NE programs.