What is LEPC?
Franklin County LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee)
History and purpose of LEPC
The United States Congress created LEPC’s in 1986 requiring states to provide annual reports about chemical hazards brought into communities because of production of goods or services. Congress created the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA) to mobilize local government officials, businesses, and other citizens to plan for chemical accidents in their communities. A State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) was created and charged with establishing an LEPC and enlist local county and town officials, law enforcement, fire departments, transportation, emergency services, hospitals, facility representatives, media, community groups and citizens. The idea is to use the collective knowledge of this group to review the risks, identify hazardous chemicals, develop emergency plans, give continuous attention to chemical safety, reduce risk and prevent accidents.
A coordinator at the state level ensures that plans are reviewed, monitors compliance, works with facility problems and continually ensures communication between all partners. The end goal for all parties is to be sure that citizens are safer. Even though chemicals can’t be eliminated, the risk of problems from them can be minimized by providing training and equipment to teams of responders.
You can contact your local EMA office at 207-778-5892 for more information about Franklin County’s LEPC and local emergency plans.
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