If you own or manage an NYC-based industrial, commercial or public facility that processes, handles, uses or stores certain hazardous substances, the NYC Community Right-to-Know Program requires you to file certain reports each year. If you have multiple facilities, you must file a Facility Inventory Form (FIF) for each location.
If your facility deals with substances defined as toxic, hazardous or extremely hazardous, or mixtures of potentially dangerous chemicals, it is your responsibility to know the regulations and meet the March 1 filing deadline. For some chemicals, the Threshold Reporting Quantities (TRQs), the maximum quantity of a chemical that is reportable by law, are quite low.
The NYC Community Right-to-Know Program has streamlined their online reporting system so it is more straightforward and user-friendly. Government reporting is never fun, but online filing offers distinct benefits, such as these:
You may also choose to submit a computer-generated report instead of the official FIF, as long as it contains all the required information and follows the FIF format.
First-time users need to register with the system to acquire a unique username and create a password. From then on, any authorized user can tap into the system at any time to review information that has been submitted in the past and to file new reports. “Authorized” users can be owners, operators, managers or corporate officers.
Is the NYC Community Right-to-Know filing deadline on your calendar? Online filing is certainly easier, but you don’t want to wait until the last minute. Call Walden Environmental Engineering at (516)-624-7200 (NYC – Long Island), (845)-745-0888 (Hudson Valley Area), or (518)-698-3012 (Capital District Area).