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Reporting Requirements for Continuous Releases of Hazardous Substances, A Guide for Facilities on Compliance

EPA 540-R-97-047
OSWER 9360.7-01A

The purpose of this document, "Reporting Requirements for Continuous Releases of Hazardous Substances - A Guide for Facilities on Compliance" (Guide), is to help you understand the definitions and requirements contained in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Final Rule on "Reporting Continuous Releases of Hazardous Substances" (55 Federal Register 30166) published on July 24, 1990, which amended 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 302 and 355. The Continuous Release Rule provides a reduced reporting option for facilities that release hazardous substances in a manner that is continuous, and stable in quantity and rate. This Guide has been designed to provide facilities who choose this reduced reporting option with the information necessary to successfully comply with the continuous release reporting.

The Guide is divided into two parts. Part 1 provides general information in a question and answer format regarding the Continuous Release Rule and the responsibility of the person in charge of a facility to report releases of hazardous substances. Part 2 contains detailed instructions on how to prepare continuous release reports that include all of the information required to qualify for reduced reporting under the Rule. Although the Rule applies to both facilities and vessels, because the reporting elements from vessels are somewhat different from those of facilities (e.g., vessels by their nature do not have a set location), this Guide will only address the reporting requirements for facilities. Much of the information in this Guide is applicable to vessels, however, persons in charge of vessels who wish to report under the Continuous Release Rule should contact EPA to discuss vessel-specific requirements in detail.

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