Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) are a product 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