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US EPA Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know Act for Petroleum Storage Facilities

Tim Laughlin, PE

As authorized under Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), which was enacted as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986 (Pub.L. 99-499), (SARA).

The US EPA relies on EPCRA section 328 for general rulemaking authority. Title III of SARA (EPCRA) establishes authorities for emergency planning and preparedness, emergency release notification reporting, community right-to-know reporting, and toxic chemical release reporting. It is intended to encourage State and local planning and preparedness for releases of extremely hazardous substances and to provide the public, local governments, fire departments and other emergency officials with information concerning chemical releases and the potential chemical risks in their communities.

The implementing regulations for emergency planning, emergency release notification and the chemicals subject to these regulations (Extremely Hazardous Substances) are codified in 40 CFR part 355. The implementing regulations for community right-to-know reporting (or hazardous chemical reporting) are codified in 40 CFR part 370.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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