Right to Know
Information about chemical risks provides citizens and businesses with the knowledge to protect their families and property, hold facilities responsible for reducing risk, and increase awareness of chemical safety.
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, EPCRA, requires facilities to submit information about annual releases of toxic chemicals. That information is available from the Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic Release Inventory.
The Chemical Accident Prevention Program builds on existing chemical information and emergency planning requirements. It requires regulated facilities to submit Risk Managment Plans which summarize their release prevention program, emergency response program and potential impact of accidental release.
To find out if your home, school or business is located in a vulnerable area of a potential accidental release, contact your county emergency manager.
Data contained in risk management plans, except accidental release scenarios, are available on the Internet. Due to security concerns, electronic and hard-copy distribution of hypothetical chemical release data to the public is prohibited. However, this information may be viewed, but not photocopied, at a federal reading room, or by contacting your Local Emergency Planning Committee.
If you are interested in helping to protect your community, you are encouraged to get involved with your Local Emergency Planning Committee.
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