Emergency Planning & Community Right-To-Know Act

Gasoline Explosion
Gasoline Explosion

Legislation: National
5 Sections of EPCRA:

  • Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHSs) Chemicals that can cause immediate and serious injury to humans.360 substances follow under this list.
  • Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ) Some of the substance Inventories meet the requirements of EPCRA.
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) People of the community that make community based emergency response plans.
  • State EMergency Response Commission (SERC) Statewide agency that coordinates training and planning exercises, along with monitors of activites of LEPCs.
  • Hazardous CHemicals chemicals that cause injury or illness

The Emergency Planning and Right-to-Know act was created in 1986 shortly after the Super Fund was in-acted.

This act was created at the national level and is controlled and regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Reason For Creation- This law came about after the superfund was created to try and promote companies that have chemical waste and other harmful materials to dispose of them properly and inform the government and communities as to where they are dumping these materials. It was needed because the superfund act to hold companies responsible for the ways they are disposing of their waste like for example "Love Canal".

Impact: The people's right to be notified, leaves them with far more awareness, and the security that comes with knowing that there is a plan if something serious should happen concerning hazardous waste and toxic chemicals.