- Can anyone be a member or attend meetings?
- Why was the LEPC formed?
- What is the SERC?
- What are the benefits of being involved in LEPC?
Q. Can anyone be a member or attend meetings?
Membership includes state and local elected officials, law enforcement, emergency medical and fire personnel, emergency management personnel, civil defense workers, public health, environmental, hospital, and transportation officials, industry representatives, news media public/community members, and owners and operators of facilities subject to the planning requirements of EPCRA. However, this is an open public meeting, anyone can attend.
Q. Why was the LEPC formed?
After the December 1984 Union Carbide gas leak incident in Bhopal, India which killed over 15,000 people, the President signed into law the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) on October 17, 1986. Title III of SARA is also known as EPCRA. One of the first actions of the Act was for each Governor to appoint a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). This commission divided the state into Local Emergency Planning Districts (LEPD’s) and appointed members of that community to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
The law mandates emergency planning efforts at the state, tribal and local levels and provides citizens and emergency responders with information concerning potential chemical hazards present in their communities.
Q. What is the SERC?
The purpose of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) is to coordinate hazardous chemicals planning and carry out the mandate of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). The SERC is responsible for establishing state hazardous chemical emergency preparedness, response, and community right-to-know programs as required by EPCRA.
Q. What are the benefits of being involved in LEPC?
The LEPC serves as a forum to aid in the discussion and preparedness on emergency planning and response. Active LEPCs can provide training and exercises as well as assistance in planning and the submission of Tier II reports.