State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
Oil and Gas Industry Reporting
In the April 26, 2013 response to the petition, U.S. EPA determined that the alternative reporting in Ohio law does not supersede the reporting requirements of EPCRA. As a result, U.S. EPA concluded that Ohio oil and gas well owners or operators must separately meet the reporting obligations of EPCRA to insure compliance with federal law.
In the memorandum dated September 11, 2013, the SERC requested that oil and gas well owners or operators submit the necessary forms to the SERC, the LEPC and the local fire department by November 15, 2013. The SERC recognizes that facilities are working to compile the information needed for this report. We have been notified that some facilities may have difficulty meeting the November deadline. The SERC will continue to accept reports filed after the November 15, 2013 deadline. We request that facilities submit their reports the necessary forms as soon as possible, and encourage facilities to submit their reports no later than December 15, 2013. The federal reporting deadline for calendar year 2012 reports was March 1, 2013. Failure to comply with the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act requirements may result in enforcement action by U.S. EPA.
The oil and gas industry letter can be found here:
Effective October 9th, 2013 the Ohio SERC voted to rescind using the E-Plan reporting system and it is no longer a reporting option for the statewide regulated facilities.
Chemical Inventory Reporting
To increase the efficiency and quality of the fee process, the State Emergency Response Commission's (SERC) fiscal agent recently incorporated a color coding system for filing fee invoices and worksheets processed during the course of the State Fiscal Year (SFY). As a result, this year's SERC filing fee worksheet will be printed on green paper.
In the first few weeks of January 2013, Ohio EPA's Right-to-Know Program sent each regulated facility a cover letter and green pre-printed SERC filing fee worksheet with an assigned Revenue ID number. To reduce costs, Ohio EPA limits the number of SERC compliance manuals printed and encourages facilities to use either the Tier2 Submit software to electronically report their chemical inventory.
A free version of the Tier2 Submit software can be downloaded from the U.S. EPA Tier II Chemical Inventory Reports / Tier2 Submit web page. Facilities opting to file using Tier2 Submit may submit their report on a CD to both the SERC and the LEPC.
If you elect not to submit your information electronically, or do not receive information in the mail, you may download the 2013 SERC compliance manual and forms from the website. You may also request a printed copy of the manual and forms by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or by calling 1-888-644-2260.
If you have any questions concerning the SERC, please call (614) 644-2260.
Other Helpful Websites
Ohio Emergency Management Agency Website
Ohio Emergency Management Association Website
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Website
Link to the Oil and Gas Emergency Response System (ODNR)
Ohio Department of Commerce's Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR)
Service Station Decision Tree (PDF)
SIC/NAICS Information Website
Cessation of Regulated Operations (CRO)