|What Is An LEPC?|
The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) became effective in October 1986. Title III of SARA is also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA). EPCRA requires states to establish emergency planning districts and local emergency planning committees (LEPCs) to plan for hazardous materials emergencies within the district.
In Indiana, each county is a planning district. LEPCs are state agencies, staffed solely by volunteers, with members representing industry, government, service organizations, and the emergency response agencies. Membership is open to any interested person.
The Indiana Emergency Response Commission (IERC) supervises and assists LEPCs throughout the state. Active LEPCs receive a small annual disbursement, usually less than $10,000, to perform their required duties each year. LEPCs must establish a plan, receive and disburse information on chemical storage, and conduct exercises of their plans each year. Generally, funds received from the state may only be spent on planning, training, and data management. Facilities subject to EPCRA file reports annually with the LEPC. These reports are available to the public during normal business hours at the Jefferson County Health Department, 715 Green Road in Madison. Plans developed by the LEPC may be reviewed at the County Library, or obtained from response agencies or the LEPC.
The planning function requires a detailed assessment of chemical risks in Jefferson County, an evaluation of the response capabilities in place, and a hazards analysis to determine the potential vulnerability zone in the event of a chemical release. The plan requires identification of facilities or populations subject to increased risk in the event of chemical release. The planning function forces an LEPC to establish methods to respond to release incidents. Jefferson County Local Emergency Planning Committee is one of the most active, successful, and recognized LEPCs in Indiana.
The mission of the Jefferson County Emergency Planning Committee is to:
- Continuously plan for hazardous materials emergencies;
- Manage information received from covered facilities regarding hazardous materials storage;
- Inform the public of the nature and extent of hazardous materials present in the community; and
- Convene cooperative efforts within the community to address and reduce the risk of hazardous material incidents. LEPC members are available to give talks to community groups or agencies about Community Right-To- Know reporting requirements and contingency planning. All LEPC meetings and sub-committee meetings are open to the public.
The Jefferson County LEPC meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room at the terminal building of the Madison Municipal Airport. All LEPC data is kept on file at the Jefferson County Health Department, and is available during business hours upon request. All information requested shall be returned in seven working days.
For further information, you may contact
LEPC Chairman, James Plum
Vice Chairman: Cara Cyrus
EMA Director for Jefferson County:
Dave Bell – 812-801-3277
Secretary: Sandy Sailer
Indiana Emergency Response
Commission, 100 N. Senate Avenue,
N1255, P.O. Box 7024, Indianapolis
IN 46207-7024, 317-233-6388.
To report a Hazardous Materials Emergency, dial 911 or the Jefferson County Sheriff at 265-2648.