Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
On December 4, 1984, a cloud of extremely toxic methyl isocyanate escaped from a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, killing over 2500 people and injuring tens of thousand more. Several months later, a less toxic derivative of the same chemical was released from a chemical plant in West Virginia.
These two incidents gave rise to legislation passed in November, 1986 entitled the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act or SARA Title III (Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act). The law was designed to help America's communities deal safely and effectively with the many hazardous substances that are used throughout our society.
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) gives citizens and response agencies the right to obtain information about hazardous chemicals in our community, to learn about possible risks to our community from these chemicals and to help plan how to protect our community in case of an emergency. The Act applies to all companies that use, make and store chemicals.
The Act sets forth reporting requirements for companies who use, make or store certain chemicals above specified reportable quantities. Information is reported to the local fire department, the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). The LEPC uses this information to help develop an emergency response plan and must also make this information available to the public.
If you are interested in more information about the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act or about what chemicals are being stored in your community, contact the Office of Disaster and Emergency Services at 271-4040.
If you are the owner/operator of a facility that stores, uses or produces chemicals or extremely hazardous substances in excess of specified amounts you may be responsible for the annual submission of Tier I or Tier II reports. Reports are due by March 1st of each year for the preceding year. If you are unsure whether you have a reporting responsibility, contact the DES Office for an EPA brochure entitled "Community Right-to-Know and Small Business". Reporting forms and instructions are available below or from the DES office.
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