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RIGHT-TO-KNOW INFORMATIONAL POLICY
The Androscoggin Chemical Emergency Planning Committee, in fulfilling its Community Right-to-Know responsibility as part of SARA Title III, has established the following policy pursuant to requests for chemical information.
The Androscoggin Chemical Emergency Planning Committee, through its Secretary at the Androscoggin Unified Emergency Management Agency, will respond to all reasonable requests for chemical information. The administrative procedure to be followed will be comprised of the following:
Requests for chemical information, in the form of chemical lists as described in SARA Title III, Section 311 (a)(2); Material Safety Data Sheets; chemical inventory forms; Toxic Chemical Release Form R; follow-up emergency release information; and, response plans, by citizens or organizations, will be made to the Androscoggin Unified Emergency Management Agency, 45 Oak Street, Lewiston, ME 04240-7101, between the hours 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Administrative telephone number is (207) 784-0147.
Requests will be in writing, stating the name and address of the individual or organization (making the request), information wanted and justification for making the request (see enclosed Community Right-to-Know Request for Facility/Industry Information Form).
In light of recent terrorist events, homeland security measures are being enforced. When an individual or organization representative goes to the Androscoggin Unified Emergency Management Agency to request information (or to pick up information if the request for such was mailed to the EMA Office), proper photo identification and a letter of introduction from the organization being represented will be made available to the LEPC Secretary, or his authorized staff representative, upon request. If identification and/or letter of introduction is questionable by the LEPC/EMA staff fulfilling the request for information, local police or Sheriff Department will be contacted to assist with verification of identification. Community Right-to-Know information WILL NOT be released to individuals and organization representatives without proper identification/letter of introduction.
Individuals or organization representatives will be given the option of viewing chemical information on file or receiving hard copy. A cost of $.25 cents per sheet will be charged to defray cost of photo copying expense and time.
Once a written request for chemical information is received and the proper identification presented / verified, the Chemical Emergency Planning Committee, through its Secretary, must officially respond with information within 35 days. The Committee's Secretary will act upon all written requests within two (2) working days to allow sufficient lead time to acquire additional information if needed from facilities. If the request is received by mail, the requested information will not be returned by mail until the requestor presents a photo identification and letter of introduction (if representing an organization).
The Secretary will also notify each business or industrial facility of any request for chemical information to said facility. This will allow facilities optional informational follow-up.
The Committee's Secretary may also call upon the resources of the Community Right-to-Know Program, located in the State Bureau of Health, to facilitate prompt response to all requests.
A record will be maintained by the Committee's Secretary as to the number, type, and final disposition of each informational request and notice of the request will be forwarded to the State Emergency Response Commission.
PUBLIC NOTICES OF COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES
The LEPC holds quarterly meetings (last Friday of March, June, September and December, unless otherwise noted) which are not publicized in local newspapers. All other official activities of the Androscoggin Chemical Emergency Planning Committee will be posted in local newspapers no less than five (5) days prior to the scheduled activity. See the News link above for information on upcoming meetings and activities.