EPCRA/TURA REPORTING SEASON FAST APPROACHING! 

Gather your hazardous material storage, chemical usage, and hazardous waste records for 2021… regulatory reporting due dates are coming this spring! The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP’s) Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) regulations have reports due in March and July of 2022. A full calendar of all compliance activities for 2022 will be available in early January 2022 on our web-site-Stay Tuned! 

Due January 1, 2022: 

  • Toxics Use Reduction Plan Employee Notification – Massachusetts companies subject to Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) planning must post a TUR Plan Employee Notification requesting ideas on how to reduce toxic chemical use and byproduct generation for chemicals that trigger certain thresholds 

Due March 1, 2022: 

  • Tier II Reports (EPA EPCRA Section 311/312)- Emergency planning and hazardous chemical storage reports must be submitted to the state emergency commission (SERC), the local fire department, and the local emergency planning committee (LEPC).  
  • Hazardous Waste Biennial Reports (EPA RCRA)- Large quantity generators (LQGs) of hazardous wastes must submit a biennial summary of hazardous wastes generated during calendar year 2021. The biennial report is prepared and submitted through the online EPA RCRAInfo system. 

Due July 1, 2022: 

  • Toxics Release Inventory (EPA TRI – EPCRA Section 313)- Releases of certain chemicals from covered facilities to the environment must be submitted through the online EPA TRIMEweb system. EPA requires annual filing of Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Form R reports by facilities that manufacture, process, or otherwise use listed chemicals above certain thresholds. 
  • Toxics Use Reduction Act (MassDEP TURA)- Use and releases of certain chemicals from covered facilities in Massachusetts must be submitted through the online eDEP system. MassDEP requires Large Quantity Toxic Users to file Form S reports for otherwise using, processing or manufacturing of listed toxic chemicals in excess of certain thresholds. 
    • New for Reporting Year (RY)2021: 172 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were added as individual chemicals to the TURA list. First Form S reports due July 1, 2022 (for RY2021). The complete list of TURA chemicals is available at https://www.mass.gov/guides/massdep-toxics-use-reduction-program#-listed-chemicals-   The reporting threshold is 100 lbs. for Manufactured, Processed, or Otherwise Used of individually listed PFAS chemicals. EPA required reporting of the PFAS chemicals starting July 1, 2021 for RY 2020. 
    • Plan ahead for 2023! 
      • On December 7, 2021, the TURA list was amended to include Certain PFAS NOL (not otherwise listed) as a reporting category. The final listing requires covered businesses to track use beginning in 2022 and report above-threshold use by July 1, 2023. This additional Certain PFAS NOL category is only reportable to MassDEP not to EPA. 
  • TUR Planning– Massachusetts facilities that are subject to Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) reporting must conduct biennial focused planning and prepare/update its TUR Plan and submit plan summaries with its Form S reports for calendar year 2021.