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Michelle Merrington Kelsey Bardsley. Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). What is EPCRA?. Gives the public the right to know and receive information on chemical spills or accidental releases Prevents another major incident like in Bhopal, India Emergency Planning

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Michelle merrington kelsey bardsley

Michelle Merrington

Kelsey Bardsley

Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act(EPCRA)


What is epcra

What is EPCRA?

  • Gives the public the right to know and receive information on chemical spills or accidental releases

  • Prevents another major incident like in Bhopal, India

  • Emergency Planning

  • Emergency Release Notification

  • Community Right-to- Know Reporting Requirements

  • Toxic Chemical Release Inventory


Bhopal india 1984

Bhopal, India - 1984

  • About 40 tons of Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) poured out of a tank and spread into the air of a city of nearly 900,000

  • 3,800 dead

  • Approximately 11,000 with injuries


Emergency planning

Emergency planning

  • Prepares a community in case a chemical release were to happen

  • The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) makes sure the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is doing annual run through of their Emergency Response Plan.


Emergency release notification

Emergency release notification

  • If a facility releases a reportable quantity (RQ) of a substance they must immediately report it to the LEPC who informs the SERC

  • The SERC then informs the entire state

  • The facility is also required to provide a follow-up report.

  • If not reported, it is a criminal penalty of up to $25,000 and up to 2 years prison sentence.


Community right to know reporting requirements

Community Right-to- Know Reporting Requirements

  • Needs to be reported if equal or greater than the following requirements designed by the EPA

  • 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) for hazardous chemicals

  • lesser of 500 pounds (230 kg) or the threshold planning quantity (TPQ) for extremely hazardous substances. ‘

  • Provides information to the community about mixtures and chemicals present at a facility in their community


Toxic chemical release inventory

Toxic Chemical Release Inventory

  • Facilities are required to take inventory of their toxic chemicals and report what’s going on


Extras

Extras

  • Also called Sara Title III

  • Passed by Reagan in 1986


Bibliography

Bibliography

  • http://www.ecy.wa.gov/epcra/whatis.htm

  • http://www.epa.gov/oem/content/lawsregs/epcraover.htm

  • http://www.epa.gov/osweroe1/content/epcra/

  • http://india.targetgenx.com/files/2007/10/bpl.jpg


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