Tier2 Reporting in Texas
The Texas Tier Two Report is an annual hazardous chemical inventory which provides detailed information on chemicals which meet or exceed specified reporting thresholds at any time during a calendar year. There are two types of thresholds that determine whether a hazardous chemical will be included on the Texas Tier Two Report: There are very low thresholds for any of the listed Extremely Hazardous Substances (500 pounds or the Threshold Planning Quantity in pounds for the specific listed chemical, whichever amount is less). For all other "generally hazardous chemicals" [products which require a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Hazard Communication Standard], the threshold for reporting is 10,000 pounds.
The Texas Tier Two Report includes facility tracking information, as well as information on the hazardous chemicals being reported, including common and chemical names of products, hazard classifications, reporting ranges, days on site, container types, and storage locations. Under a new state rule, effective August 1, 2006, Tier Two Reports must be submitted to DSHS in electronic format, using the Tier2 Submit software program to prepare the electronic file. The Dallas County LEPC has tagged on to this requirement and now accepts only the electronic format using the Tier2 Submit software program, as well.
Tier 2 Chemical Reporting Program
This is the official website for the Texas Tier2 Chemical Reporting Program. On this site you will find helpful documents, publications, FAQs, etc. regarding chemical reporting requirements in Texas.
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Landview 6 is a geographic information and data viewer. It contains both database management software and mapping software. Landview provides the geographic data while MARPLOT allows you to view the information.
For additional information you may contact the Dallas County LEPC Coordinator