Community Right to Know
The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was established as a result of the 1986 Title III of Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). This legislation requires local planning by businesses and response agencies whenever hazardous materials are involved.
The purpose of the LEPC is to encourage and support hazardous materials emergency planning efforts at the state and local levels and to provide the public and local governments with information concerning potential chemical hazards present in their communities.
Who does the emergency planning?
Any business which uses, manufactures, stores or transports hazardous materials is required to have procedures for safe handling of these materials as well as emergency response procedures. Fire departments and other response agencies are also required to have procedures for hazardous materials spills.
Hazardous materials have one or more of the following characteristics:
Many solids, gasses and liquids used in the production of fuels, medicines, plastics, and other products and processes in our community are classified as hazardous. Hazardous materials are used, stored and transported daily throughout the country. Under most circumstances, these materials are handled safely. However, when improperly handled, disposed of or released these substances can become hazardous to people and the environment necessitating coordinated planning fro emergencies