The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a group of individuals from the community who are tasked by the State to track and report hazardous material usage in that community.
The LEPC membership must include, at a minimum, elected officials, police, fire, emergency management, public health professionals, environmental, hospital, and transportation officials as well as representatives of facilities subject to the emergency planning requirements.
The LEPC's primary responsibility is to develop off-site emergency response plans that community officials can use at the time of a chemical accident. The LEPC must review these plans at least annually. In developing these plans, the LEPC identifies available resources to prepare for and respond to a potential chemical accident. These plans must be written for all facilities that are subject to Section 302, namely those that have extremely hazardous substances (EHSs) on site in amounts above certain thresholds.