Public interest and
environmental organizations around the country accelerated demands for
information on toxic chemicals being released "beyond the fence line" --
outside of the facility. Against this background, the Emergency
Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
was enacted in 1986.
EPCRA's primary purpose is to inform communities and citizens of
chemical hazards in their areas. EPCRA Section 313 requires EPA and the
States to collect data annually on releases and transfers of certain
toxic chemicals from industrial facilities and make the data available
to the public in the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Includes
information on toxic substances, where and by whom they are released.
Information available state by state.