Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) are a product Text Box: of federal legislation passed after the disaster in Bhopal, India, where thousands of people died because of an accident involving hazardous chemicals.  To prevent similar accidents in our communities, Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Right-to Know Act (EPCRA).  Under EPCRA, LEPCs develop and emergency response plan, review the plan annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens.  The following groups or organizations are identified in EPCRA as the minimum membership: fire, law enforcement, public health, emergency management, emergency medical services, transportation, hospitals, environmental, industry (EPCRA covered facilities), broadcast and print media, and community. 

Tribal Nations have the same responsibilities as states under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.  Some tribes have established their own Tribal Emergency Response Commissions (TERCs), while others have opted to partner with their Local Emergency Planning Committees.  The SERC encourages partnerships between LEPCs and Tribal Nations as chemicals know no jurisidictional boundaries and is in everyones best interest to work together.




For information or to volunteer to participate in your Local Emergency Planning Committee please contact your LEPC: Contacts List Coming Soon!

Resources for LEPCs/TERCs

LEPC Handbook: LEPC Handbook
LEPC Membership Template: LEPC Membership Template
LEPC Chairperson Appointment Template LEPC Chairperson Appointment Template
LEPC Annual Reporting Form: Online Reporting Form - Currently Closed
Montana DEQ Emergency Response Tier II and E-Plan Information

Tier II Chemical Inventory Informatoin                             (login credintials required)

Tribal Pollution Prevention Information Tribal P2
LEPC Workshop October 2016 - Tim Gablehouse 30th Anniversary of EPCRA
Awareness and  Preparedness for Emgergencies at Local Level - APELL APELL Handbook 2nd Edition


Other Links


  • 27 October 2016
  • Author: Okeson, J. Lee
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