The Local Emergency Planning Committee exists as a requirement established by the United States Congress in 1986 due to several catastrophic hazardous materials releases in the United States and overseas. Congress created the Superfund Admendment and Reauthorization Act which contains four sections. The third section or title is entitled "Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act-EPCRA", which requires states and local jurisdictions to create and maintain a group to plan, prevent, respond and mitigate a hazardous materials release. The enforcement elements of this law are found in the Code of Federal Regulations oveseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The membership of this group is made up of Elected Officials, First Responders, Emergency Management, Environmental Agencies, Health, Community Organizations, Print and Broadcast Media, and Business Owners/Operators. Community people representing these groups 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 preparedness and response actions are in place and appropriate actions are taken.
On January 28, 2015, the Annual Pima County LEPC Hazardous Materials Safety Workshop was be held. The presentations from the Workshop are available for review and/or download, located under the Actvities/Training Tab.