Local Emergency Planning Committee
What Is an LEPC?
Local Emergency Planning Committees were created as a result of the federal government passing the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). The law stipulated that communities should have a committee to provide stakeholder input on emergency response plans, provide annual review capabilities, and act as a liaison between the public and companies that house chemicals within that community.
LEPC's consist of local and state officials, local emergency responders, facility representatives, community groups and media, and additional stakeholders such as hospital representatives, transportation representatives and environmental representatives.
Tier II Reporting
Local LEPC's also act as a receiving point for a Tier II report. Tier II reports, officially known as Emergency & Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms, are submitted annually to the LEPC, as well as to local Fire Departments and the State Emergency Response Commission. The form identifies all chemicals that a business stores that are above the reporting thresholds (as set by the Federal Government) and identifies what hazards they pose, how much they maintain, and lists emergency contact information fro the business.
The LEPCs use this information to aid in planning and response should an incident occur at one of those facilities.
What Is the Mission of the Onslow County LEPC?
The mission of the Onslow County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is to effectively plan for emergencies involving hazardous materials. The LEPC is tasked with the responsibility for:
- Coordination of chemical information to emergency responders
- HAZMAT training and exercises
- Maintenance of the county-wide HAZMAT Incident Management Plan
- SARA Title III Environmental Compliance
- Site-Specific Chemical Planning Programs
How do I Join the LEPC?
Interested Citizens should contact the Onslow County Emergency Management Office at 910-347-4270 or EmergencyServices@onslowcountync.gov. Citizens will also be required to fill out a Citizen Participation Form for submission to the Onslow County Board of Commissioners.