Local Emergency Planning Committee
The original Superfund act – CERCLA, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act – was enacted by Congress in 1980 to clean up the nation’s hazardous waste sites. In response to continuing community concern regarding hazardous materials and chemical release tragedies such as the incident in Bohpal, India, a reauthorization and expansion of Superfund was signed into law on October 17, 1986. It is known as the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). Title III of SARA created a new, nationwide program known as Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know (EPCRA). The law was designed to improve local hazardous materials emergency response capabilities and provide the public with information concerning hazardous and toxic chemicals in their community.
The Governor of each state designated a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). The SERCs, in turn, designated about 3,500 local emergency planning districts nationwide and appointed Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) for each district. The SERC supervises and coordinates the activities of the LEPC, establishes procedures for receiving and processing public requests for information collected under EPCRA (The Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986), and reviews local emergency response plans. In Michigan, the LEPC’s are designated by county.
The LEPC membership must include, at a minimum, local officials including police, fire, emergency management, public health, transportation, and environmental professionals, as well as representatives of facilities subject to the emergency planning requirements, community groups, and the media. The LEPCs must develop an emergency response plan, review it at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens.
The mission of the G.C.LEPC (Genesee County Local Emergency Planning Committee), is to enhance public safety in response to a major chemical emergency, to train and educate both first responders, and the community and to provide the community with information under the “Community Right-To- Know section of SARA Title III. The G.C.LEPC, in conjunction with the community, both private and public, will be committed to strengthen the response capability by continually reviewing, revising and exercising the Genesee County HazMat/WMD Emergency Response Plan; by supporting professional training for those involved with the plan, and by developing additional plans for newly identified sites which handle extremely hazardous substances. The G.C.LEPC will be committed to developing strategies for preventing and/or mitigating a major chemical emergency.
For more information on the Genesee County LEPC, contact Jenifier Boyer at (810) 257-3064.
SARA TITLE III
Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986 establishes requirements for Federal, State and local governments and industry regarding emergency planning and “community right-to-know” reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals.
To learn more about these 2 sections, go to the DEQ website
2011 LEPC MEETING SCHEDULE
Genesee County Local Emergency Planning Committee
January 20, 2011
April 14, 2011
July 14, 2011
October 20, 2011
All meetings are on Thursday and begin at 1:00 p.m.
Meetings are held in the Genesee County Administration Building, Room G-25, unless otherwise notified.
Current members on the LEPC include representations from the following agencies.
Various Genesee County Departments, GM, Roger’s Elevator, UM – Flint,
area Fire, Police, EMS, Hospitals and County 911.