The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is responsible for developing a chemical emergency response plan for Boone County and establishing procedures for conducting its public information and education responsibilities.
In 1986 the Congress of the United States; as a result of two large catastrophic chemical incidents, enacted legislation to deal with the potential harm to communities from hazardous materials.
The law; known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act, or EPCRA required local and state governments to work in a collaborative fashion with manufacturers and consumers of hazardous materials to prevent chemical related emergencies and to plan for the emergencies that could not be prevented.
On the local level emergency planning committees or “LEPC’s” were required to be formed. Federal law mandates participation and direction of an LEPC. An LEPC must consist of representatives of the following groups:
Facilities subject to the requirements of the EPCRA must annually submit documentation of their inventory of hazardous materials in the previous calendar year. These reports must be submitted prior to April 1. Among the information in the documents is facility name, contact person, name(s) of material, amount of material, storage methods etc.
It is important to remember that many of these items are used on a daily basis throughout the country in large quantities without incident. However it is the responsibility of the city; in particular the LEPC Coordinator, to have the emergency responders and the community as a whole prepared for any incident that may occur.
The state of the world in which we now find ourselves requires preparedness not only for the un-intentional “accident” that may occur, but we must now prepare and train for the incident in which terrorists intentionally cause us harm.
What are the required elements of a community emergency response plan?