Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) are community-based organizations that assist in preparing for emergencies, particularly those concerning hazardous materials. Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) must develop an emergency response plan, review the plan at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens. Plans are developed by LEPCs with stakeholder participation. There is one LEPC for each of the more than 3,000 designated local emergency planning districts. The LEPC membership must include (at a minimum):
– Elected state and local officials
– Police, fire, civil defense, and public health professionals
– Environment, transportation, and hospital officials
– Facility representatives
– Representatives from community groups and the media
The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a product of federal legislation that was passed in the wake of the Bhopal disaster in India, where more than 2,000 people died because of an accident involving accidental release of a hazardous chemical.
The McCracken County LEPC meets the first Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Emergency Management Complex in the Jack Johnston Training Room.