The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is an organization
established to meet the requirements of the federal Emergency Planning
and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as the Superfund
Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA Title III), for emergency
response planning. EPCRA contains 4 major provisions:
Planning for chemical emergency
Emergency notification of chemical accidents and releases
Reporting of hazardous chemical inventories (Tier Two Reports)
Toxic chemical release reporting
Although these are the minimum requirements, the Douglas County LEPC has chosen to take a multi-objective all-risk planning approach.
Who Participates in the LEPC? The Douglas County LEPC is comprised of representatives from Douglas County; state agencies; local industry and organizations; health and medical agencies; general improvement districts; fire and EMS; law enforcement; and concerned citizens.
What Does the LEPC Promote?
The Douglas County LEPC promotes emergency planning, preparedness, and
public awareness, to protect the community from the potential impact of
natural or technological hazards, including hazardous chemical and
substances and related disasters.
When Does the LEPC Meet?
The Douglas County LEPC meets quarterly or as needed to conduct business. Meeting date notices, agendas, minutes and related files.
What Does the LEPC Do? Under EPCRA, the LEPC is the focal point for chemical emergency response planning and implementation in the community. The Committee’s mission was expanded in 2011 to include all risks. The Douglas County LEPC provides a forum to discuss, coordinate and provide information for a broad range of emergencies from severe weather to terrorism.
The LEPC’s key responsibilities under EPCRA are:
Assisting local governments in developing hazardous materials emergency response plans
Evaluating the community’s need for resources to respond to hazardous materials emergencies
Processing requests from the public for information on hazardous chemicals in the community
The LEPC provides a forum for emergency management agencies, emergency
responders, industry and the public to work together to understand
chemical hazards in the community, develop emergency plans in the event
of an accidental release and identify ways to prevent chemical
The LEPC exists to promote and facilitate the safety
of all persons regarding potential exposure to hazardous materials that
could be released in the environment due to the storage,
transportation, and utilization of hazardous materials in Douglas
What Are the Activities of the LEPC?
The LEPC assists with the preparation and implementation of the Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan
The LEPC assists with the preparation and implementation of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)
LEPC receives annual Tier Two Reports (chemical inventories). The LEPC
must make information from these reports available, to the public, upon
request. The LEPC may also request additional hazardous chemical
information from facilities for emergency planning purposes.
The LEPC promotes hazardous material exercises and drills to improve response preparedness.
LEPC serves as the link between citizens, industry, and government in
emergency planning and preparedness for the community.