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ABOUT THE TIER II CHEMICAL REPORTING PROGRAM

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Tier II Chemical Reporting Program 

The mission of the Texas Tier II Chemical Reporting Program in the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is to protect the public health and environment by providing current and accurate information about hazardous chemicals and their health effects and by ensuring that the regulated community complies with the requirements of the state and federal community right-to-know laws.

Community Right-to-Know for Citizens, Community Planners and Emergency Responders

This Community Right-to-Know Program has been established under both the federal Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act [EPCRA, which is also known as the Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act (SARA), Title III] and the Texas Community Right-to-Know Acts (TCRAs, Health & Safety Code, Chapters 505, 506 & 507).

The Texas Tier II Chemical Reporting Program is the state repository for EPCRA-required Emergency Planning Letters (EPLs), which are one-time notifications to the state from facilities that have certain extremely hazardous chemicals in specified amounts. The Program is also the state repository for EPCRA/state-required hazardous chemical inventory reports called Texas Tier Two Reports. As of August 1, 2006, all Tier Two Chemical Inventory Reports are required to be submitted in electronic format, using either the Tier2 Submit software or a computer program that converts the electronic Tier Two data to a format and structure that is identical to the Tier2 Submit electronic file structure. Facilities may now indicate in the electronic Tier Two Reports whether the facility is subject to the Emergency Planning Letter requirements of EPCRA, so the Program no longer receives separate hard copy EPLs.

The Tier2 Submit electronic files contain facility and owner/operator identification information, as well as detailed data on hazardous chemicals stored at reporting facilities within the state. Emergency response personnel, such as fire fighters and healthcare providers, can use Tier Two data to protect workers and the community during a hazardous chemical emergency. In addition, Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and local emergency managers can use Tier Two data to plan response strategies within their communities. Private citizens in the community may request and receive copies of the electronic Tier2 Submit data files, as well as custom reports generated from the electronic Tier Two data.

The Program also provides outreach for compliance on both the federal and state laws and supports LEPCs in community right-to-know planning and education. DSHS also administers an inspection and enforcement program to ensure that the regulated community files all necessary Tier Two Reports.

Tier Two Report filing fees, collected under the authority provided in the TCRAs, provide the funding for the agency’s community and worker right-to-know programs. These funds may also be used by DSHS to provide grants to LEPCs.

Questions or requests for information regarding the Tier Two Reporting Program should be addressed to:

GENERAL MAILING ADDRESS:
ABSOLUTELY NO MONEY IS ACCEPTED AT THIS ADDRESS
Tier II Chemical Reporting Program MC 2835
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas  78714-9347

MAILING ADDRESS FOR MAIL CONTAINING MONEY:
CASH RECEIPTS BRANCH MC 2005
DSHS – TIER II PROGRAM
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

PHONE NUMBERS:
Call toll free in Texas:1-800-452-2791
For callers outside of Texas, dial (512) 834-6603
Fax: (512) 834-6779

Please E-mail comments or suggestions to   Tier Two Help .

 

 

 


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Last updated November 29, 2010