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Summary of Federal Laws

Environmental Laws

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Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)

42 U.S.C. §§ 11,001-11,050; 40 C.F.R. §§ 370.1-370.41, 372.25 and 372.27, 48 C.F.R. § 52.223-13; 40 CFR Part 355; Exec. Order No. 12,969 (60 Fed. Reg. 40,989 (Aug. 8, 1995))

This law, Title III of Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, requires the disclosure of all toxic chemicals used or stored and also requires emergency planning.

Reporting Requirements

The Emergency Planning Notification requirement involves chemicals listed on the extremely hazardous substances list (see 40 CFR part 355). 

The Emergency Release Notification Requirement comes into play if an accidental chemical release exceeds the applicable minimal reportable quantity. 

The Hazarous Chemical Storage Reporting Requirement applys to any hazardous chemical used or stored in the workplace. Facilities must maintain a material safety data sheet. See the EPA web page on Section 311-312 for reporting requirements.

The Toxic Release Inventory Reporting requirement requires the EPA and the states to annually collect data on releases and transfers of certain toxic chemicals from industrial facilities.  This section does not apply to colleges and universities.


Campus Environmental Resource Center

EPA web page on EPCRA

EPCRA Fact Sheet



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