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Emergency Release Reporting

SARA Title III Emergency Release Reporting

In the event of a hazardous substance release equal to or exceeding the minimum reportable quantity set in the regulation, Section 304 of the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) requires facilities to:
  • Provide an immediate emergency notification to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and the Local Emergency Planning Committee(s) (LEPC) for any area likely affected by the release.
  • Provide a 304 Follow-Up Form.pdf to the SERC and LEPC(s).
For more information on this requirement, click here.

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requires facilities to provide emergency notification and a written follow-up report if there is a release into the environment of a hazardous substance that is equal to or exceeds the minimum reportable quantity set in the regulations.

You may need to call 9-1-1 if the spill or release is in progress.

Notification and written follow-up reports must be provided to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and the Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) for any area likely to be impacted by the release.

Requirements for notification to the SERC can be made by calling the Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) at 800-452-0311 or 503​-378-6377. Contact information for Oregon LEPCs

There are two types of substances that require reporting under this regulation: 

  1. Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS); and
  2. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)hazardous substances.

  • Both the EHS and the CERCLA hazardous substances are found in the Title III Consolidated List of Lists. 
  • Initial notification can be made by telephone, radio, or in person.
  • CERCLA spills must also be reported to the National Response Center (NRC) at 800-424-8802.

Emergency notification requirements involving transportation incidents can be met by dialing 911. In the absence of a 911 emergency number, the notification can be met by calling the local operator. 

The required written follow-up notification will provide:

  • Updated information included in the initial notice, and
  • Information on actual response actions taken, and
  • Documentation on advice regarding medical attention necessary for citizens exposed.
  • For further information, see Title 40 CFR Part 355, and the April 22, 1987 Federal Register Notice.

Check EPA’s consolidated list of EHS and CERCLA substances to determine if the substance and amount released requires notification:
Title III Consolidated List of Lists

If you are still unable to identify whether the substance released is an EHS or CERCLA substance and/or an amount requiring notification, contact the EPA’s EPCRA Hotline at 800-424-9346.
What must be included in the initial notification:
  • The substance name
  • ​An indication of whether the substance is an EPA EHS or CERCLA substance
  • An estimate of the quantity released into the environment.
  • The time and duration of the release
  • Whether the release occurred into air, water and/or land
  • Any known or anticipated acute or chronic health risks associated with the emergency, and where necessary, advice regarding medical attention for exposed individuals
  • Proper precautions, such as evacuation or sheltering in place
  • The name and telephone number of the contact person
How to make the required initial notification: 
Notify the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) by calling the Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) at 800-452-0311 or 503-378-6377.
  • Advise the OERS duty officer that you are making a 304 release notification.
Provide all required information as listed above.
  • Notify all LEPCs whose planning district could be impacted by the release by calling the phone number for the appropriate LEPCs which can be obtained at your LEPC
  • If an LEPC does not exist in the area of the release, only the SERC notification and any bordering LEPC notifications are required to be made.
  • If the release occurs in an area bordering more than one state, notification may be required for the SERC and any LEPCs in the adjacent state.
​You may also be required to notify the local 911 dispatch center and the National Response Center (NRC) at 800-424-8802.

A written follow-up notice must be submitted to the SERC and LEPC within 30 days of the release. Complete the written follow-up form and attach supporting documentation. Please​ mail to both addresses or email the three email addresses listed below.

Mail to both:

Oregon State Emergency Response Commission
Erin Williams
c/o Community Right to Know Unit
US EPA-Region 10, M/S OCE-201
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
1200 6th Avenue, Suite 155
Salem, OR 97317-9614
Seattle, WA 98101

Or email to all three:

Hazardous Substance Hotlines
503-378-6835 or 800-454-6125

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