Hazardous Material Information

Safe storage, handling and transfer of hazardous materials is key to reducing chemical accidents and dangerous mixtures of incompatible materials. Close storage of incompatible chemicals could create a risk of fire, explosion, or release of toxic gases and fumes. Storage locations should be according to fire code, have proper fire protection and are structurally appropriate.

The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) and Risk Management Program (RMP) General Duty Clause requires owners and operators of facilities that have any extremely hazardous substances to manage their chemicals safely and develop safety precaution such as instituting maintenance, monitoring, and employee training.


Tier 2 Chemical Reporting

Facilities that use or store hazardous chemicals (above a certain threshold) must report their chemical inventory annually between January 1 and March 1. These inventories are used by first responders and other authorities, and by having the inventories available online, access is much quicker and the information is more up-to-date. Changes and/or updates can be made online by companies as needed, without waiting for the next year's report to be filed.

File Tier 2 Report online with E-Plan

Tier 2 Reports must be completed online with E-Plan. Paper copies will no longer be accepted. Once your Tier 2 submission has been made online, paper copies will not need to be mailed.  

NCEM Frequently Asked Questions about Filing Tier 2 reports

Submitting Your Report

  • Enter and submit your facility data using the E-Plan system as you have in the past (https://www.erplan.net).
  • Once your facility and chemical information has been validated, the system will calculate the total fee and direct you to an online payment page.
  • NCEM will accept Visa, MasterCard, and electronic checks for Tier II reporting fees.
  • Once the payment process has been successfully completed, you will be directed back to E-Plan to finalize and submit your annual Tier 2 report.  


A fee will be charged to submit your Tier 2 Report on E-Plan. Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2014, the fee will support the seven Regional Response Teams that respond to hazardous materials, management of the Tier II reporting system in North Carolina, and provide for grants to local governments for hazardous materials emergency planning and preparedness.  

Fee Amounts

  • $50 per Hazardous Substance
  • $90 per Extremely Hazardous Substance
  • $5,000 maximum annual fee per person (including corporations, etc.)

Who is Exempt from Fees?

  • Owners and operators of family farm enterprises
  • Local, state, and federal government facilities
  • Non-profit corporations
  • Owners and operators of commercial fuel stations (for motor fuels offered for retail sale only)
  • Motor vehicle dealers as defined by G.S. 20-286(11)