Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act requires nine components in each jurisdictions Hazardous Material Plan
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) was created to reduce the likelihood of disasters related to hazardous materials. EPCRA provides the required components need in every jurisdictions Hazardous Materials Plan. This act requires state, tribal and local governments to use this information to prepare their community from potential risks.
Hazardous Materials Plans contain information that community officials can use at the time of a chemical accident. Local Emergency Planning Committees are required to review and update these plans annually. Here are the nine elements that EPCRA requires for a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan.
- Identification of facilities subject to EPCRA that are within the emergency planning district, to include the following:
- identification of routes likely to be used for the transportation of substances on the list of extremely hazardous substances referred to in EPCRA
- identification of additional facilities contributing or subjected to additional risk due to their proximity to facilities subject to EPCRA, such as hospitals or natural gas facilities.
- Methods and procedures to be followed by facility owners and operators and local emergency and medical personnel to respond to any release of such substances.
- Designation of a community emergency coordinator and facility emergency coordinators, who shall make determinations necessary to implement the plan.
- Procedures providing reliable, effective, and timely notification by the facility emergency coordinators and the community emergency coordinator to persons designated in the emergency plan, and to the public, that a release has occurred (consistent with the emergency notification requirements of section 11004 of EPCRA).
- Methods for determining the occurrence of a release, and the area or population likely to be affected by such release.
- A description of emergency equipment and facilities in the community and at each facility in the community subject to the requirements of this subchapter, and an identification of the persons responsible for such equipment and facilities.
- Outline evacuation plans, including provisions for a precautionary evacuation and alternative traffic routes.
- Training programs, including schedules for training of local emergency response and medical personnel.
- Methods and schedules for exercising the emergency plan.
Overview of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act from the Environmental Protection Agency.