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Post University
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Environmental Law

February 19, 2021
Unit 5.2 Assignment- Hazardous Waste
Gina Perugini
Post University
Environmental Law & Practice
Leonard McDermott
The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) was passed in
1986 in response to concerns regarding the environment and safety hazards by the storage and
handling of toxic chemicals. In 1984 a disaster occurred in India which was found to be caused
by an accidental release of methylisocyanate. Once this was released, several people were
injured and more then 2,000 people were killed. (What Is EPCRA?, 2021)
After this occurred in India, the United States came up with ways in order to avoid such
disaster if it were to ever occur. Congress imposed requirements for federal, state, and local
governments. These requirements covered the emergency planning and “Community Right- to-
Know". This kept reports on hazardous waste and toxic chemicals. The Community Right to
Know provisions helped to increase the public knowledge and access to information on
chemicals held at individual facilities, their usage, and releases into the environment. Many
states and communities worked with facilities in order to use information to improve chemical
safety and protect public health and the environment. (What Is EPCRA?, 2021)
Key Provisions of EPCRA:
Section 301-303 Emergency Planning- Local governments- are required to
prepare chemical emergency response plans and to review plans annually. State
governments are required to oversee and coordinate local planning. Facilities that
maintain extremely hazardous substances on site in quantities greater than
corresponding threshold planning, must cooperate in emergency plan preparation.
(What Is EPCRA? 2021)