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The purpose of the EPRCA is two-fold:
According to the EPCRA, communities must know about their fixed and transported chemicals. This law also involves the community in:
The EPCRA provides state and local infrastructure to plan for chemical emergencies. Facilities that store, use, or release certain chemicals have various reporting requirements. This information is available to the public. Interested parties may learn about potentially dangerous chemicals in their community.
Immediately after the release, the owner or operator of a facility must notify:
through telephone, radio, or in-person.
During an incident with the transportation or storage of a hazardous substance, persons on the scene must dial 911. If 911 is unavailable, persons must call the operator.
Notice will include each of the following (to the extent known at the time of the notice and so long as no delay occurs in responding to the emergency):
As soon as possible after a release, the owner/operator must write and send out a follow-up, emergency notice. More than one notice may be necessary as more information becomes available. This notice will detail, update, and include more information about:
is available to the general public. Visit the Allen County Office of Homeland Security during our normal working hours. A facility owner or operator may ask the IERC and LEPC to conceal the location of any specific chemical.
Each year, the Allen County LEPC announces on this website that we have submitted the emergency response plan, MSDS, and inventory forms. This announcement will state that we will publish follow-up emergency notices, when necessary.
Check out the EPA’s page all about the Environmental Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.