EPCRA: A Retrospective on the Environmental Right-to-Know Act

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Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, ISSN: 1535-3532, Vol: 13, Issue: 2, Page: 3

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Purifoy, Danielle M.
Health Law and Policy; Law; Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
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October 2011 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), which was celebrated for its "significant role in protecting human health and the environment over the last quarter century by providing communities and emergency planners with valuable information on toxic chemical releases in their area." This Note aims to evaluate the effectiveness of three important provisions of the statute-theToxics Release Inventory, the emergency planning mandate, and the citizen suitprovision-through a case study of their implementation in Institute, WestVirginia, the site of an industrial accident that prompted the enactment ofEPCRA in 1986.