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Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act

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1. The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know act was enacted in 1986.

2.The EPCRA was a response to various instances throughout the world of deaths caused by accidental chemical releases.

3.There was confusion on the limitations of the chemicals.  EPCRA does not place limits on which chemicals can be stored, used, released, disposed, or transferred in a facility. 

4. The purpose of this law is to encourage and support emergency planning efforts at the state and local levels and to provide the public and local governments with information concerning potential chemical hazards present in their communities.

5. The EPCRA has inspired companies to completely change positions on the issue of chemical management.  Many have created waste reduction programs and some have worked to make releases even less possible; at the same time, the spread of chemical information throughout communities has led many to provide seminars for employees on how to effectively communicate EPCRA information to the general public.

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