Introduction to Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) (2 Hours)
This course presents the theories, principles, and approaches to emergency management. It is designed to help a facility owner or operator comply 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, 42 U.S.C. s. 11001, et seq. (SARA). An analysis of past disasters will be 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 will be discussed throughout the semester. Finally, legal issues involving emergency management will be presented.
The information and sources in this course will help you determine your regulatory status for:
- Emergency Planning Notification and Emergency Response Plans (EPCRA 302/303);
- Emergency Release Notification (EPCRA 304);
- MSDS and Chemical Inventory Reporting (EPCRA 311/312); and
- Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (EPCRA 313)
Successful completion of this course will provide the student with an understanding of:
- Comprehensive Emergency Management philosophy Roles and duties of emergency managers throughout the United States
- History of EPCRA and current roles in all-hazard management
- Notification requirements for emergency releases of hazardous chemicals into the atmosphere, surface water or groundwater.