Community Right-to-Know (EPCRA)
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) is a United States federal law (42 USC 116) concerned with emergency response preparedness. The purpose of EPCRA (commonly known as SARA Title III) 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.
To facilitate cooperation between industries, interested citizens, environmental and other public-interest organizations, and government at all levels, the Act establishes an ongoing "forum" at the local level called the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). LEPCs are governed by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) in each state.
Under the EPCRA, SERCs and LEPCs are charged with four primary responsibilities:
- Write emergency plans to protect the public from chemical accidents;
- Establish procedures to warn and, if necessary, evacuate the public in case of an emergency;
- Provide citizens and local governments with information about hazardous chemicals and accidental releases of chemicals in their communities; and
- Assist in the preparation of public reports on annual release of toxic chemicals into the air, water, and soil.
This regulation applies to any facility that has on-site, for any one day in a calendar year, an amount of a hazardous chemical (as defined by OSHA) equal to or greater than the following threshold limits established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
- 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) for hazardous chemical; or
- Lesser of 500 pounds (230 kg) or the threshold planning quantity (TPQ) for extremely hazardous substances.
If a facility is subject to reporting under these sections, it must submit information to the SERC, the LEPC and the local fire department with jurisdiction over the facility.
Research labs are exempt from EPCRA reporting, but teaching labs are not.
Authority and responsibility
- University Environmental Health and Safety (IUEHS) is responsible for:
- Developing, implementing, and administering this Program;
- Collecting data and submitting to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM);
- Notifying the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) when hazardous chemicals (including extremely hazardous substances) are present at or in excess of threshold quantities;
- Submitting safety data sheets (SDS) or comparable information to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), LEPC and the fire department for each hazardous chemical present at or above threshold levels;
- Designating a facility emergency coordinator (FEC) to participate in the LEPC planning process;
- Submitting annual inventory information on all hazardous chemicals present at or above the threshold levels to the IDEM by March 1st of each year; and
- Notifying the IDEM and LEPC when there is an off-site release of a reportable quantity (RQ) of any extremely hazardous substance or Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) hazardous substance.
- Departments are responsible for:
- Maintaining a current chemical inventory and submitting chemical inventory data to IUEHS for their respective campus in a timely manner on an annual basis.
IUEHS will act as a facility emergency coordinator (FEC) for the university and participate in the LEPC planning process.
IUEHS shall submit safety data sheets (SDS) or comparable information to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), LEPC and the fire department for each hazardous chemical present at or above threshold levels.
IUEHS shall submit annual inventory information on all hazardous chemicals present at or above the threshold levels to the IDEM by March 1st of each year.
When there is an off-site release of a reportable quantity (RQ) of any extremely hazardous substance or Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) hazardous substance, IUEHS must notify the IDEM and LEPC
IUEHS must also report spills and promptly cleaning up spills to minimize impact on the environment (air, water, and land of the State of Indiana).
IUEHS for the respective campus
Marion County LEPC,
3901 N Meadows Dr,
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Monroe County LEPC,
2800 S Kirby Rd,
Bloomington, IN 47403
Wayne County LEPC,
401 E Main St, Co Admin Bldg,
Richmond, IN 47374
Howard County LEPC,
120 E Mulberry, Rm 6,
Kokomo, IN 46901
Lake County LEPC,
2900 W 93rd Ave,
Crown Point, IN 46307
Floyd County LEPC,
2524 Corydon Pike, Suite 101,
New Albany, IN 47150
St Joseph County LEPC,
4714 Lathrop St,
South Bend, IN 46628