Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act

This act is also known as the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act. It is intended to give citizens, local governments, and local response authorities information about the potential hazards in their community. Title III of this act (better known as EPCRA) requires emergency planning and designates state and local governments to receive information about certain chemicals in the community.

Medical Waste Tracking Act

This act was a 2-year demonstration program for medical waste tracking from June 1989 to June 1991. The program expired and there are no federal tracking requirements in place now. However, many states have developed tracking and management programs.

Clean Air Act

The Clean Air Act and its amendments are there to protect and enhance the nation’s air resources to protect public health and welfare and encourage the production of goods and services in such a manner that it will not be harmful. Under this act many institutions have to obtain permits for their air emissions. Most hospital boilers and medical waste incinerators fall under these standards. Hazardous air pollutants including asbestos and those coming from boilers and process heaters as well as chemical accidents and their prevention, are covered by federal regulations. There is a refrigerant recycling rule for maximum recovery and recycling of refrigerants so they do not escape to the air.

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