From: Martin.Quinn**At_Symbol_Here**EMERSON.COM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Reportable Quantities?
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:15:56 +0000
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RQ is for releases.  If you have a release above this quantity you have to call the national response center.  800-424-8802


From 40 CFR 302.3

“Release means any spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying, discharging, injecting, escaping, leaching, dumping, or disposing into the environment (including the abandonment or discarding of barrels, containers, and other closed receptacles containing any hazardous substance or pollutant or contaminant), ….”

Storage reporting is covered by a different part of SARA Title III, often referred to as Tier 1 or Tier2 reports.  These are due March 1 each year.  The thresholds for these reports are higher; including 10,000 pounds for most OSHA hazardous chemicals and 500 lbs for extremely hazardous substances, as defined by EPA.


The above are federal requirements.  I don’t know if Texas has any other requirements else beyond this. 


Martin Quinn

Environmental and Safety Manager

ASCO Numatics

Florham Park, NJ



From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Murphy, Dr. Ruth Ann
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2014 3:57 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Reportable Quantities?



Good Afternoon,


Do "Reportable Quantities," RQ's, refer to storage or release?


In other words the RQ for chloroform is listed as 10 pounds and the RQ for silver nitrate as one pound.  Is there any requirement that storage of this amount of these chemicals in Texas be reported, and if so, to whom?  I can understand reporting release of these chemicals in the stated amounts, but reporting mere storage would require a lot of paperwork.


Thank you.


Ruth Ann



Ruth Ann Murphy, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, Environmental Science and Geology

Co-Chairperson, Health Professions Advisory Committee

Amy LeVesconte Professorship of Chemistry

JAMP Faculty Director

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

900 College Street

Belton, TX  76513-2599

Phone 254.295.4542












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