What is the Local Emergency Planning Committee?

In 1986, Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and its companion, the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). These laws aim to help local communities protect the public and environment from chemical hazards. To implement these laws, Congress required each state to appoint a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).

The Alabama SERC instructed each county to form a local emergency planning committee. On September 15, 1987 the Jefferson County Commission passed a resolution stating that the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency act as the County’s agency to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).

This resolution authorized the Jefferson County EMA to establish the Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).


The LEPC will create policies, training plans and ensure legally required documents are kept as part of its compliance with EPCRA and SARA.


The LEPC is tasked with planning and reporting on hazardous chemicals within Jefferson County.


In order to achieve its purpose, the LEPC has six objectives:

1.  Identify

2.  Designate

3.  Establish Processes

4.  Compile Information

5.  Develop

6.  Evaluate

Minutes & Agenda

November 19, 2015

April 14, 2016

June 1- 2017