Emergency Planning Community and Right to Know Act

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) are designed to help federal, state, local authority and community to effectively prepare for and respond to chemical accidents and emergencies involving hazardous substances.

This course covers in detail the background, purpose, and requirements of CERCLA and EPCRA. It describes the initiatives and programs supported by the law. It prepares you to use Toxic Chemical Release Inventory analysis data, follow all reporting requirements, and identify liabilities for reporting requirement violations.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the background, purpose, and amendments to CERCLA
  • Discuss how the Superfund works
  • Describe the history and requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
  • Identify the requirements and provisions of the EPCRA law related to reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals
  • Identify CERCLA and EPCRA release reporting requirements
  • Identify the criteria that triggers reporting and procedures required for reporting
  • Identify the liabilities for reporting violations
  • Describe the Toxic Chemical Release Inventory data, its benefits and limitations
  • Discuss the practices of disposals and releases
  • Identify the requirements for disposing of persistent bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) chemicals
  • Identify the ways TRI data is analyzed and discuss 2006 TRI data and year-to-year comparisons of data

Quiz Info:

  • Five questions at the end of each lesson
  • No mastery required

Final Exam Info:

  • 20 questions
  • 50% passing score

Emergency Planning Community and Right to Know Act


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