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The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as SARA Title III, was enacted in October 1986. This law provides an infrastructure at the state and local levels to plan for chemical emergencies. Facilities that store, use, or release certain chemicals, may be subject to various reporting requirements. Reported information is then made publicly available so that interested parties may become informed about potentially dangerous chemicals in their community. EPCRA requirements include:

  • Emergency planning notification (EPCRA §302)
  • Emergency release notification (EPCRA §304)
  • Hazardous chemical inventory reporting (EPCRA §§311/312)
  • Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting (EPCRA §313)

EPCRA §§301-312 are administered by EPA's Office of Emergency Management (OEM). EPA's Office of Information Analysis and Access (OIAA) implements the EPCRA §313 program.

EPCRA §§301-312 links include:

General Information
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act Factsheet (PDF) (5 pp, 65K, About PDF)
40 CFR Part 355 - Emergency Planning and Release Notification Regulations
40 CFR Part 370 - Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reporting Regulations
Federal Registers
Regional Emergency Management Contacts
State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Contacts
Tier2 Submit Software
Tier II Reporting Form and Instructions
Title III Consolidated List of Lists

EPCRA §313 (TRI) links include:

General Information
40 CFR Part 372 - Toxic Chemical Release Reporting
TRI Reporting Forms and Instructions
TRI-MEweb Resources
TRI Laws, Rulemakings, and Notices
TRI Data and Tools
TRI Regional Contacts
TRI State Contacts


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