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Assessing Reports of Continuous Releases of Hazardous Substances, A Guide for EPA Regions

EPA 540-R-97-046
OSWER 9360.7-04A

The purpose of this document, "Assessing Reports of Continuous Releases of Hazardous Substances - A Guide for EPA Regions" (GUIDE), is to help you understand the definitions and requirements contained in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Final Rule on "Reporting Continuous Releases of Hazardous Substances" (55 Federal Register 30166) published on July 24, 1990, which amended 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 302 and 355. The Continuous Release Rule provides a reduced reporting option for facilities that release hazardous substances in a manner that is continuous, and stable in quantity and rate. This Guide has been designed to provide EPA Regional personnel with information about this reduced reporting option and the Continuous Release Rule.

The Guide is divided into two parts. Part 1 provides general information regarding the Continuous Release Rule. Part 2 contains detailed information regarding specific portions of the Rule. Although the Rule applies to both facilities and vessels, because the reporting elements from vessels are somewhat different from those of facilities (e.g., vessels by their nature do not have a location), this Guide will only address the reporting requirements for facilities. Much of the information in this Guide is applicable to vessels, however, persons in charge of vessels who wish to contact EPA Headquarters to discuss vessel-specific requirements in detail.

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