Will the local emergency planning committees impose significant requirements on small businesses? Will EPA clarify the information requirements in the emergency planning guidance and in the rulemaking?
The Agency's small business analysis does not indicate that emergency planning requirements will cause a significant burden to small facilities. Small facilities are likely to use or store fewer extremely hazardous substances and handle smaller amounts, and their level of participation in the planning process will be less involved. In addition, small facilities as a class may be represented on local emergency planning committees, and their concerns will be addressed there. Participation in the planning process provides an opportunity to present concerns regarding the burden of planning and to ensure that local committee requests for information are necessary. In particular small businesses may wish to encourage special small business representation on the local emergency planning committee and also make their concerns known through their facility coordinators.
In addition, the National Response Team's Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Guide (notice of availability published on March 17, 1987, 52 FR 8360) describes the information requirements established under Title III and how this information will be useful in developing a local emergency plan.