The New Tier II: An Expanded Preplanning Tool

BY ERIC G. BACHMAN In 1986, the Emergency Planning Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) was enacted as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). This legislation created the authority for facilities to report the use, storage, and manufacture of hazardous substances. It also mandated emergency planning and preparedness efforts for releases of specially categorized materials. This legislation impacts the fire service as facilities subject to the annual reporting criteria must submit site- and chemical-specific data to the host fire department. Information such as chemical inventories and storage locations, critical for fire department preincident planning and for...

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