Typically, when people talk about “being informed” as part of preparing for emergencies, they mean—among other things--that you should learn about local hazards. That includes knowing where chemical storage and manufacturing facilities are and what hazardous materials are stored in those facilities.
The Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) encourages Arizonans to find out what chemicals are at a specific facility in your neighborhood. The information is made publically available so states and communities can improve chemical safety and protect public health and the environment.
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 was created to help communities plan for emergencies involving hazardous substances. The EPCRA requires federal, state and local governments, Indian tribes, and industry to have chemical emergency plans. It also requires industry to report on the storage, use and release of hazardous chemicals to federal, state, and local governments.
Arizona has a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), responsible for implementing the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) provisions. The SERC's duties include:
- Establishing procedures for receiving and processing public requests for information collected under EPCRA
- Reviewing local emergency response plans
- Designating local emergency planning districts
- Appointing a Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) for each district
- Supervising the activities of the LEPC
- Maintaining the electronic Tier II Chemical Reporting System
If you would like to find out information about a particular facility near you, please email [email protected].