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Ellsworth Community RTK Plan

Ellsworth Community RTK Plan

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 Program Plan Advanced Health, Safety and Security
Reviewer Date
Brian Parrie 4/12/2011
The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 establishedrequirements for Federal, State, and local governments and industry regarding
emergency planning and “Community Right
Know” reporting on hazardous and
toxic chemicals. This was part of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act(SARA), the main purpose of which was to extend the Superfund for cleanup of hazardous waste sites throughout the United States. The law contained in its scopeprovisions on planning for hazardous chemical emergencies and to allow citizens theright to know about hazardous chemicals in their communities. These CommunityRight-to-
Know provisions will help to increase the public’s knowledge and access to
information on the presence of hazardous chemicals in their communities and releasesof these chemicals into the environment.The requirements of the law apply to any facility which stores hazardous substancesin quantities equal to or greater than the regulated threshold planning quantity (TPQ)or other general limit which is applicable (500 pounds for extremely hazardouschemicals; 10,000 pounds for all other hazardous chemicals).
Facilities Storing Extremely Hazardous Substances
If, at any time, Ellsworth Public School stores any of the 360+ extremely hazardoussubstances listed in SARA Title III above the threshold planning quantities (at any onetime), the State Emergency Response Commission will be notified.
Emergency Notification
Ellsworth Public School will immediately notify the Local Emergency PlanningCommittees (LEPCs) and the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) likely tobe affected if there is a release into the environment of a hazardous substance thatexceeds the reportable quantity for that substance. Substances subject to thisrequirement are those on the list of 356 extremely hazardous substances as published
 Program Plan Advanced Health, Safety and Securityin Federal Register (40 CFR 355) as well as the more than 700 hazardous substancessubject to the emergency notification requirements under CERCLA Section 103 (a)(40CFR 302.4). Some chemicals are common to both lists. The CERCLA hazardoussubstances also require notification of releases to the National Response Center(NRC), which affect alerts federal responses.Initial notification will be made by telephone. Emergency notification requirementsinvolving transportation incidents will be met by dialing 911, or in the absence of a911 emergency number, calling the operator.This emergency notification will include:
The chemical name;
An indication of whether the substance is extremely hazardous;
An estimate of the quantity released into the environment;
The time and duration of the release;
Whether the release occurred into the air, water, and/or land; any known oranticipated acute or chronic health risks associated with the emergency, andwhere necessary, advice regarding medical attention for the exposedindividuals;
Proper precautions, such as evacuations or sheltering in place; and,
Name and telephone number of the Community Right-To-Know contact person.
Chemical Inventory Form
For all chemicals reported under Section 311, <Public School> will report the past
year’s quantities to the Emergency Response Commission (MN Tier T
wo Report).
Regulatory Requirements
Community Right-To-Know Requirements
There are two Community Right-To-Know reporting requirements within theEmergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act. Section 311 requires facilitiesthat must prepare material safety data sheets (MSDS) under Occupational Safety andHealth Administration (OSHA) regulations to submit either copies of their MSDSs or alist of MSDSs chemicals
 Program Plan Advanced Health, Safety and Security
The SERC, and,
The local fire department with jurisdiction over District facilities.
The initial step a facility coordinator should take in preparing for an emergencyshould be to inventory and quantify hazardous substances within the facility. Thecoordinator should begin by focusing on the list of extremely hazardous substancespublished in the Federal Register. This list is provided under the EHS title in the CHMPsection of this program.
If an inventory of the facility’s chemicals indicates that a threshold planning quantity
is reached, the District is then required to:1.
Notify the Emergency Response Commission in writing within 60 days afteracquiring any of the extremely hazardous substances above the thresholdplanning quantities, and2.
Assign a Facility Emergency Coordinator.
Emergency Notification
Whenever a hazardous substance is released outside the control of the facility (air,sewer, land, or surface water), there are requirements to:1.
Contact local emergency 911;2.
Contact State Duty Officer (Metro 612-649-5451, outside Metro 1-800-422-0798);3.
Contact National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802; and4.
Submit an Emergency Release Follow-up Report to the Emergency ResponseCommission.All spills and releases occurring in Minnesota that are outside the control of thefacility should be reported to the State Duty Officer
regardless of whether or not the
reportable quantity was reached. Minnesota has a “One Call” system that allows the
State Duty Officer to make notification to all applicable state, county, and localagencies. If a spill or release occurs which has met or exceeded the reportablequantity, the caller is still responsible for notifying the 911 emergency system and theNational Response Center.The facility should contact local authorities to inform them of the need for emergencyresponse. When contacting the state emergency response number, the facility shouldspecify that the release is subject to Title III notification. The emergency notification

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