What is the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act?

Congress enacted the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (“EPCRA”) in 1986 to establish requirements for federal, state, and local governments and industry regarding emergency planning and “community right-to-know” reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals.   

Section 304 of EPCRA “requires reporting of releases to the environment of certain materials that are subject to this law.”   “[T]his requirement would apply to any releases of petroleum products that exceed reporting thresholds, even if those products are exempt from CERCLA reporting.”  

You can learn more about the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act at the EPA’s website at:  https://www.epa.gov/epcra/what-epcra

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