Risks of Improper Storage of Hazardous Chemicals at Chemical Warehouses and Chemical Distribution Facilities

EPA Chemical Storage

Some chemical warehouse and distribution facilities may be failing to properly manage hazardous chemicals as required by Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) Sections 302, 304, 311, 312 and 313, enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard at 29 CFR § 1910.119, enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); and the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation at 6 CFR § 27, and the Maritime Transportation Security Act regulation at 33 CFR §105, enforced by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) respectively. This advisory informs the industry that companies must ensure that their chemicals are managed safely, securely, and in compliance with EPA, OSHA, CISA and USCG programs to help prevent chemical accidents and security incidents.

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