March 28 , 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
The Center for Health, Environment, and Justice (CHEJ) is hosting a special virtual training call on understanding your right to know about toxic chemicals in your area.
One of the most important things citizens have to arm themselves against hazardous environments is the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986. This act guarantees citizens the right to know what chemicals are in their area and what is being planned to be brought in or travel through their neighborhoods. Having a citizen’s presence on their Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is vital to protecting their air, water and community.
Being able to identify and research hazardous materials and environments in your neighborhood is a valuable tool to help citizens to call in the appropriate help that can save lives and property as well as to better inform the public of potential dangers from planned facilities or chemicals in transit. When used together, EPCRA and LEPCs, as well as awareness, can be a powerful tool to help keep people safe.