Environmental Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act

Public demand for chemical release information skyrocketed in the mid-1980s. In 1986, a deadly cloud of highly toxic pesticide killed thousands of people in Bhopal, India. That same year, a serious chemical release at a plant in West Virginia, USA hospitalized 100 individuals. These events led to the writing and passage of the EPCRA by Congress. President Reagan signed this in October 1986, and Congress implemented it in 1987.

The EPCRA has significantly helped to protect human health and the environment. This law has given valuable information to communities and emergency planners.

Find out more about the history of the EPCRA on the EPA's interactive timeline.

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