Toxic Alert System
What We're Doing
We work in partnership with groups such as the Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters to strengthen federal rules and local practices to prevent chemical disasters from happening in the first place. The EPA’s Risk Management Plan Rule or RMP is a key lever in this work as it outlines requirements for chemical-producing facilities for the prevention and mitigation of risks that could lead to a disaster.
Planning better responses
When a chemical disaster happens, time is of the essence for the people who work at the facility, for emergency responders, and for fenceline community members.
That’s why we are advocating for the implementation of a toxic chemical alert system that would rapidly notify communities about threats to their health and safety during chemical disasters. Such a system was first proposed to lawmakers in 2017; however, the bill was unsuccessful.
We also work with local emergency preparedness groups and entities to improve regional responses to disasters. One example is Project BREATH where we assist County departments and offices in developing a more efficient communications system to support emergency response to chemical incidents.