Online Environmental Training | EPA Institute

An Introduction into the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act

Course Description
This two (2) hour course provides each student with theories, principles, and approaches to emergency management, and is designed to assist facility owners and/or operators in complying with the reporting requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, and 42 U.S.C. s. 11001, et seq. (SARA). An analysis of past disasters is presented along with their impacts on policy formation leading up to the current FEMA all-hazards approach. The role, duties, and importance of the Emergency Manager, as well as the legal issues involving emergency management are thoroughly discussed throughout the course.
The information and sources in this course will help each student determine the regulatory status for:

  1. Emergency Planning Notification and Emergency Response Plans (EPCRA 302/303);
  2. Emergency Release Notification (EPCRA 304);
  3. MSDS and Chemical Inventory Reporting (EPCRA 311/312); and
  4. Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (EPCRA 313)

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand comprehensive emergency management philosophy, roles and duties of emergency managers throughout the United States
  • Understand the history of EPCRA and its’ current roles in all-hazard management
  • Understand notification requirements for emergency releases of hazardous chemicals into the atmosphere, surface water or groundwater.