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Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know - SARA Title III Reporting

About SARA Title III

The federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act became law in 1986. Title III of these SARA provisions is also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). SARA Title III requires various levels of government and industry to do reports and outreach on emergency planning and hazardous and toxic chemicals. The statute is designed to help communities deal safely and effectively with hazardous chemicals. Its primary objectives:

  • Identify the storage, use, and release of chemicals
  • Foster communication between facilities that handle hazardous chemicals and their communities
  • Expand emergency planning for hazardous chemical accidents and enhance emergency response capabilities for hazardous chemical incidents

Specifically, this has required the establishment of state emergency response commissions and local emergency planning committees. The nationwide regulated community of manufacturers and non-manufacturers of hazardous chemicals must report concerning their emergency chemical releases; their Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS); their facility hazardous chemical inventories (Tier I and Tier II reports); and their toxic chemical releases to the air, land or water (Toxics Release Inventory).

Because of this activity, businesses have reassessed their chemical inventories and their manufacturing processes. In addition, more businesses are working cooperatively with local governments to plan for and try to prevent an accidental chemical release.

Businesses are also pursuing waste minimization and pollution prevention programs and realizing monetary savings.

Note: Facilities must, upon request, promptly provide the appropriate Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and/or fire department with jurisdiction over the facility their Tier II emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form information as required by IC 13-25-2-10(c).

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