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Learn the Lingo

Do environmental terms sometimes sound like a foreign language to you? If so, you’re not alone. Many businesses and communities have difficulty keeping up with the latest environmental lingo. This feature will cover some common environmental terms you may encounter.

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) -The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 was created to help communities plan for chemical emergencies. It requires industry to report the storage, use and releases of hazardous substances to federal, state, and local governments. EPCRA requires state and local governments to use this information to prepare their community for dealing with potential risks.

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) - SERC is the administrative body that implements the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) in Ohio.

Risk Management Plan (RMP) - Facilities that use extremely hazardous substances are required to develop a Risk Management Plan. These plans must be revised and resubmitted to U.S. EPA every five years. The information required from facilities under RMP helps local fire, police, and emergency response personnel prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies. RMPs also foster communication and awareness to improve accident prevention and emergency response practices at the local level. The RMP rule was built upon existing industry codes and standards. It requires facilities that use listed regulated Toxic or Flammable Substances for Accidental Release Prevention to develop an RMP and submit that plan to EPA.