Question # 567

567. What is the definition of a toxic chemical 'release' under EPCRA section 313?
Under Section 329, EPCRA defines a release as any 'spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying, discharging, injecting, escaping, leaching, dumping, or disposing into the environment (including the abandonment or discarding of barrels, containers, and other closed receptacles).' Under Section 313, covered facilities are required to take into account in their reports all toxic chemicals entering each environmental medium (e.g., 'routine' and 'accidental' releases).