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You (the public) have the right to know the plan for chemical emergencies where you live, travel, and work. Without proper emergency planning, hazardous materials incidents can overwhelm unprepared emergency response teams.
To prepare for chemical spills and inform the public of safety issues related to chemical hazards, the U.S. Congress passed The Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA). The EPCRA is a part of Title III of the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA Title III).
In response to the EPCRA, Indiana created the Indiana Emergency Response Commission (IERC).
The Allen County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) enacts the EPCRA and the policies of the IERC.
Allen County's LEPC creates plans, conducts exercises, and collects data on the hazardous chemicals in our area.
A hazardous material is any chemical that is a physical hazard or a health hazard as defined under 40 CFR Part 302. Hazardous materials also include:
You can read the EPA's List of List (December 2022) (PDF). This list describes the chemicals that facilities must report according to the EPCRA, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act.
You have the explicit right to know about hazardous chemical information. You can see and get copies of the
Visit the Allen County Office of Homeland Security office during open hours.
If the MSDSs are for a chemical that involves trade secrets, the facility can choose not to provide this. This is a rare scenario. Most chemicals and chemical mixtures used at facilities are not trade secrets.
Any time a chemical emergency occurs in your area, the facility must notify you within a few moments and tell you how to respond.
The Allen County LEPC is always working to improve its public communication efforts.
Not every county in Indiana has businesses with toxic chemicals. Any county that does though, has an LEPC.
The Allen County LEPC is a county board created according to Title III of SARA, the EPCRA, and Indiana law. The primary purpose of the LEPC is to carry out SARA Title III in Allen County. Its broader purpose is to enhance environmental protection, public health, and safety related to chemical hazards in Allen County.