Emergency Planning Community Right-To-Know

The Effective Chemical Risk
Management Pilot Project,
Region II (ECRM2) – Cont’d
Denver, Colorado
October 8, 2014
Our Goal
- To validate best practices and to test
innovative ways for interagency
collaboration towards improved chemical
facility safety and security.
- To share what we learned with our
colleague within EPA and other agencies.
 Discussion of the Regional Standard
Operating Procedures (SOPs)
– What’s already been implemented
– Items awaiting implementation
– Impediments to implementation
– Success stories
5 Subgroups
 First Responder, Best Practices, and
 SERC/LEPC, Best Practices, and
 Tier 2 Form Content, Best Practices, and
 High Risk Facilities/Chemicals
 Data Information Sharing
Regional Standard Operation
Procedures (SOPs)
1. Administration, Assessment and Training
2. Sharing Federal, State Tribal and Local
Program Description – Getting to Know U –
covered completely by John’s presentation
3. Increasing Inspector/Responder Access to
High Risk Facility Information and Data
Regional Standard Operating
Procedures – Cont’d
 4.Coordinating Facility Inspections –
covered completely in John’s presentation
 5. Identifying Facility and Subject Matter
Experts for Planners/Responders
 6. Local Emergency Planning Committee
1. Administration, Training and
 To better prepare the Command Officers in
the Fire Service to manage responses to
HazMat incidents, additional training is
currently in development.
– the deficit in training has to be identified by the
Fire Department and the development of the
new training will be driven by FD and first
responders. EPA, OSHA, States will provide
technical assistance
1. Administration, Training and
Self Assessment – Cont’d
 To make sure that all ranks in the Fire
Service and other first responders receive
the necessary HazMat training in chemical
safety, emergency response and other
topics suitable to specific treats in their
communities, the pilot group is working with
federal and State OSHA to find ways to
make this training mandatory.
3. Sharing Inspector/Responder
Access to High Risk Facility Info
- The ECRM2 pilot suggested language to be
added to the Headquarters Factsheet on
including more specific instructions on how
to select the emergency contact.
- Suggested language has also been
provided for the fact sheet highlighting the
hazard notification requirement to the SERC
& LEPC within 90 of bringing a new EHS is
brought on site (EPCRA Section 302)
3. Sharing Inspector/Responder
Access to High Risk Facility Info
 .Enforcement initiative to identify EPCRA
Section 311, 312 violators
 Revised Inspection Protocol to include
EPCRA Section 302 review of chemical
recently brought on site.
5. Identifying Facility and Subject
Matter Experts for Planners and
- To assist first responders in identifying people
and agencies they can “reach back to” and get the
interpretations and chemical specific information
they need.
- first effort has been a simple flow chart that
Incident Commanders can use to make sure that
they have notified each agency which could
provide assistance and bring in expertise.
- subject to be included in FD training being
Identify Available Resources
6. Local Emergency Planning
Committee (LEPC) Support
 Joint drills and exercises
 LEPC Best Practice Implementation and support –
leverage best practices of some of the regions’
more active LEPCs and use these tools to develop
an “LEPC Guide to High Risk Facilities” – in
 Updating and enhancing the plans would be the
next step - dependent upon resources – on hold
What worked Best
 - Works best if we have input and
investment from all participants. It’s easy to
just come to the meeting and observe –
leaving without adding to the work product –
leaving it to be an only EPA work product
which may not be fully embraced and
adopted by other agencies.
 - The meetings themselves were productive
and formed a network of committed
What worked best
 Francesco has complied a listing of public
access websites for inspection and/or
enforcement information – so that
information can be gathered in advance of
an inspection.
 This information is provided on the OCS.net
What didn’t work at all
- Some partners did not fully participate or
even come to the table.
- Travel restrictions prevented some
individuals and agencies from participating.
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