Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
In 1986, as a result of several catastrophic hazardous materials releases in the United States and overseas, Congress passed the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act. Title III "Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know" calls for the establishment of State emergency response commissions, which in turn are tasked with appointing local emergency planning committees (LEPCs) to develop strategies to prevent, respond to and mitigate hazardous materials releases. The enforcement elements of this law are found in the Code of Federal Regulations overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Each LEPC is made up of elected officials, first responders, business owners/operators and individuals from community organizations, print and broadcast media, emergency management, and environmental and health agencies. LEPC members volunteer their time to carry out the requirements of the law and the local mission. This group actively works with business owners and operators, first responders, and the communities within a jurisdiction to ensure that preparedness and response actions are in place.