Release Reporting of a Hazardous Substance

Medina County LEPC: (330) 722-9240 or

All verbal notifications made under these rules are to be reported to the Ohio EPA’s Emergency Response Section, Local Emergency Planning District which may be affected, and the jurisdictional fire department.

An owner or operator is required to report a release or discharge under 3750.06 of the Ohio Revised Code anytime there is a release or spill of a regulated chemical which exceeds its assigned Reportable Quantity (RQ) and leaves the facility property line. The regulated substances subject to the release reporting requirements are referenced below.

Materials Subject to Release Reporting

  • Extremely Hazardous Substances 40 CFR; Part 355;
  • CERCLA Hazardous Substances 40 CFR Part 302; Table 302.4, and
  • Oil (definition includes without limitation to, gasoline, petroleum, fuel oil, sludge, oil refuse, and oil mixed with wastes other than dredged spoil).
  • The Reportable Quantity (RQ) for the discharge of oil including crude oil into or upon navigable waters is an amount which causes a visible film or sheen upon the surface of the water.
  • The RQ for the release of oil into the environment, excluding navigable waters, is an amount of 25 gallons or more.
  • The RQ for the release of crude oil from an oil and gas extraction storage facility into the environment, excluding navigable waters, is 210 gallons.

Verbal Notification Requirement

The verbal notification to the fire department, LEPC, and Ohio EPA shall be made within 30 minutes of knowledge of the release, unless notification within that timeframe is impractical due to uncertain circumstances.

The release notification for 24-hour reporting of spills in the State of Ohio is:

In Ohio call: 1-800-282-9378

Oil and Gas release notification 1-844-OHCALL1

In addition, facility must call:

  • LEPC emergency coordinator (330) 722-9240
  • Jurisdictional fire department

In addition, calls to the National Response Center (NRC) shall be made for those reportable quantity releases involving CERCLA hazardous substances or oil to navigable waters as soon as possible. The National Response Center (NRC) 24-hour number is 1-800-424-8802.

Be prepared to relay as much of the information listed below as is known or can be estimated at the time of reporting. Please remember this is an initial report and estimates can be corrected in your follow-up emergency notice report.

  • Name and phone number of the person to contact for further information.
  • Location and source of the release or discharge.
  • Chemical name or identity of any substance involved in the release or discharge.
  • Is the substance an extremely hazardous substance?
  • Estimate of the quantity (gallons or pounds) discharged into the environment.
  • Time and duration of the release or discharge.
  • The environmental medium or media into which the substance was released or discharged.
  • Potential health effects associated with the release or discharge of the substance.
  • Report precautions taken, including evacuation, remediation, or other proposed response actions.

This information is required under ORC Section 3750.06(C) and Rule 3750-25-25(A)(1) of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).

Written Follow-up Requirements

After the spill, release or discharge, written follow-up emergency notice must be submitted within 30 days to the Ohio EPA Emergency Response Section and the local planning committee of the planning district in which the release or discharge occurred. This follow-up emergency notice is your company’s opportunity to explain in its own words the circumstances and actions relating to the release of pollutants to the environment. Answering the questions in the Follow-up Report below fulfills this requirement.