Local Emergency Planning Committee
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:
- Identify potential hazards in Jefferson County.
- Identify facilities that store or use extremely hazardous substances.
- Identify major routes likely used to transport these substances.
- Identify methods and procedures used by facility owners and / or operators.
- Identify methods and procedures used by local emergency and medical personnel who respond to any release of an extremely hazardous substance.
- Identify procedures used to notify authorities and the public in the event of a release.
- Select a Community Emergency Coordinator and a Facility Emergency Coordinator who will determine necessary actions to implement the plan.
3. Establish Processes
- Procedures will be set up to determine when a release has occurred and the probable area and population that could be at risk.
4. Compile Information
- The LEPC will maintain a directory of the emergency equipment and facilities available in the community (owned by governmental units or private concerns) and the identity of persons responsible for them.
- The LEPC will also compile Safety Data Sheets, Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms (Tier II Forms), toxic chemical release forms and emergency release notices.
- Tier II Forms must be submitted to the LEPC by March 1 of each year.
- Develop a plan for the evacuation of facilities and potentially affected areas.
- Develop a training program for local emergency response personnel that will include identifying available courses and schedules.
- Develop and schedule exercises to test the emergency response plans.
- Develop mutual cooperation between industry and government in preplanning for response to all potential hazards both technological and natural.
- Assess all drills and exercises for effectiveness.
- Assess implementation of the plan during a chemical release.
- Review present capabilities for response to hazards that are identified.
- Establish a review program to ensure a safe and adequate response to hazardous material accidents or incidents.
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