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Análisis crítico sobre el funcionamiento de la comisión estatal y los comités locales para la planificación de respuesta a emergencias ambientales en Puerto Rico


2009 2009

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Abstract (summary)

In the United Sates and Puerto Rico, as well as in other countries, environmental emergencies occur where public health, properties and the environment are at risk. The government has established various laws related to environmental emergencies, such as the Emergency Planning and Right-to-Know Act or EPCRA. One of EPCRA's provisions is the creation of a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) in each state to understand chemical hazards in the community, develop emergency plans in case of an accidental release, and look for ways to prevent chemical accidents. The purpose of this research is to determine if the emergency planning in Puerto Rico is effective, as required by federal law. The methodology used is divided in three parts: State Emergency Response Commission and Local Emergency Planning Committees documentation revision, evaluation instruments answered by personnel related to the SERC and LEPC's and interviews. Governmental, internal and external factors where found to have an affect on the effectiveness of the SERC and LPEC's. Changes in elected governments, lack of community support, no risk assessment performed, poor member participation, lack of planning resources and lack of funding are factors that prevent SERC and LEPC's from fulfilling the law requirements. Changes in the State Commission Presidency, establish education and experience requirements to the State Commission and local Committees members, and impose a charge to the submission of the EPCRA annual reports are some of the recommendations presented that can be implemented by the SERC and LEPC's to complete their assigned tasks and accomplish the requirements stated by law.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Public administration;
Environmental science
Classification
0617: Public administration
0768: Environmental science
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Emergency planning; Emergency response; Local emergency planning committees; Puerto Rico; Right-to-know act; State emergency response commission
Title
Análisis crítico sobre el funcionamiento de la comisión estatal y los comités locales para la planificación de respuesta a emergencias ambientales en Puerto Rico
Author
Fabregas-Santoni, Marcelle Margaux
Number of pages
245
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0489
Source
MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109175035
Advisor
Perez, Enid Drevon
Committee member
Muniz Diaz, Omar; Santos Gomez, Maria del Carmen; Schaffner Gibbs, Fred C.
University/institution
Universidad del Turabo (Puerto Rico)
Department
School of Science and Technology
University location
United States -- Puerto Rico
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
Spanish
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1465104
ProQuest document ID
305082588
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305082588
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