BREWER – The deadly toxic gas leak at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India back in 1984 that killed thousands is one of the reasons why the U.S. stepped up its rules for identifying chemicals, and having plans in place to deal with a leak.
The Maine Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday hosted an Emergency
Planning, Community Right to Know Act reporting workshop at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer to help educate local companies about the rules.
“It’s required at the local, state and federal level for there to be plans put into place,” said Susan Faloon, spokeswoman for MEMA. “So knowing your hazards, annual reporting, reducing hazards, educating first responders, talking with neighbors and compliance. So identifying and knowing what to do in those situations.”
An additional workshop is scheduled for Jan. 23 in Alfred by the York County Emergency Management Agency, and there is an online training being held on Jan. 30. To find out more, or to sign up for the online class, go to maine.gov.