What is the LEPC?
Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act, each county in Wisconsin is designated as an Emergency Planning District with a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). The LEPC is the point of contact for the public to receive information on storage/locations of chemicals, types of chemicals and hazards associated with those chemicals. Most people will agree that efforts to protect the public are best handled locally by the people and for the people whom the law was meant to protect.
What are the roles of the LEPC?
Emergency Planning - Enables communities as a whole to prepare for hazardous chemical releases through emergency planning. This planning also provides information and facilitates training for the first responders who are called upon to protect the public in the event of a chemical accident. Your LEPC can provide you with information on evacuation routes, shelter-in-place procedures and other information you may need to help your family plan for a chemical emergency.
Community Right-to-Know - Increases awareness of chemical hazards in your community and allows you and your local government to obtain information about chemical hazards. If you are concerned about the types, amounts or locations of chemicals stored in your community, contact your LEPC.
The LEPC is made up of elected local officials, county emergency management staff, law enforcement, firefighters, local health services, hospital representatives, emergency medical services, local media, community agencies, transportation agencies, local industry and environmental agencies.
TIER II Facilities
In 2008, over 62 facilities submitted a Tier II Chemical Inventory Form. Of these, over 24 facilities were required to have an off-site plan for emergency situations involving extremely hazardous substances.