Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA)
EPCRA was created to help communities plan for emergencies involving hazardous substances. The Act established requirements for federal, state and local governments, Indian tribes, and industry regarding emergency planning and "Community Right-to-Know" reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals.
Planning and Reporting Facilities
Racine County has sixty-eight planning facilities. These are facilities that use, store or produce extremely hazardous substances, as defined by the EPA. The most common chemical is sulfuric acid. Chlorine, anhydrous ammonia and nitric acid are also common chemicals used throughout the community. In addition to the planning facilities, there are 150 facilities that report hazardous chemical used or stored throughout the year.
Local Emergency Planning Committee
State and federal law require each county to have a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), which must develop an emergency response plan, review it at least annually, and provide citizens information about chemicals in the community. Plans are developed by the LEPC with stakeholder participation.
Members of the Racine County’s LEPC are:
David Gordon, Ascension-Wheaton
Marcia Fernholz, Racine Health Department
Thomas Karkow, WRJN
David Maack, Racine County Emergency Management
BC Paul Madden, Racine Fire Department
Chief Sean Marschke, Sturtevant Police Department
Robert N Miller, Racine County Board
Jeffrey Nettesheim, SC Johnson
Allison Thielen, Root-Pike WIN
Lt. Chuck Weitzel, Racine Police Department
Lt. David Wolgemuth, Racine Police Department