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.
Environmental and Safety Manager
Florham Park, NJ
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.
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
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