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2017 Handbook of Employment Regulations Affecting Florida Farm Employers and Workers: Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know [State]1

Fritz Roka, Michael Olexa, Carol Fountain, and Jessica Fernandez2


To facilitate awareness and emergency planning regarding the potential chemical hazards in local communities.


This law seeks to encourage emergency planning efforts at the state and local levels and to increase the public's access to information about the potential chemical hazards that may exist in their communities.

Any facility that produces, uses, or stores extremely hazardous substances (EHS) in excess of the Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ) must comply with some or all requirements of this law. In addition, all businesses that have a spill or an unauthorized release of an EHS in excess of the Reportable Quantity (RQ) must immediately report such spills or releases.

Who Must Comply

If you have restricted use or danger-labeled pesticides or chemicals on your property in sufficient quantities, you may need to comply with this law.

Responsible Agency

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) was enacted by the United States Congress as the national legislation on community safety. This law is designed to help local communities protect public health, safety, and the environment from chemical hazards. The EPCRA is administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is implemented by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). A comprehensive resource packet, the necessary forms, and information about electronic filing can be found online at

Florida Division of Emergency Management
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100
(850) 413-9969
Toll-free 1-800-226-4329
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This is EDIS document FE395, a publication of the Department of Food and Resource Economics, UF/IFAS Extension. Published 2003, revised 2009 and 2017. This handbook is produced and distributed by the UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law. Originally published by Leo Polopolus. Visit the EDIS website at


Fritz Roka, associate professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, UF/IFAS Extension, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, FL. Michael Olexa, professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, and director, Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL. Carol Fountain, editor, Food and Resource Economics Department, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL. Jessica Fernandez, graduate student, Levin College of Law, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

This document is designed to provide accurate, current, and authoritative information on the subject. However, since the laws, administrative rulings, and court decisions on which it is based are subject to constant revision, portions of this publication could become outdated at any time. This publication is distributed with the understanding that the authors are not engaged in rendering legal or other professional advice, and the information contained herein should not be regarded as a substitute for professional advice. For these reasons, the utilization of these materials by any person constitutes an agreement to hold harmless the authors, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and the University of Florida for any liability claims, damages, or expenses that may be incurred by any person as a result of reference to or reliance on the information contained in this publication.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.