Local Emergency Planning Committee
What is the LEPC?
The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is an organization established to meet the requirements of the federal Emergency Planning arid Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA Title III), for emergency response planning. EPCRA contains four major provisions:
- Planning for chemical emergency
- Emergency notification of chemical accidents and releases
- Reporting of hazardous chemical inventories (Tier Two Reports)
- Toxic chemical release reporting
- Although these are the minimum requirements, the DAC LEPC has chosen to take a multi-objective planning approach.
What Does The LEPC Do?
Under EPCRA, the LEPC is the focal point for chemical emergency response planning and implementation in the community. The LEPC's key responsibilities are:
- Assisting local governments in developing hazardous materials emergency response plans
- Evaluating the community's need for resources to respond to hazardous materials emergencies
- Processing requests from the public for information on hazardous chemicals in the community hazard assessment and vulnerability studies as well as exercising
The LEPC exists to promote and facilitate the safety of all persons regarding potential exposure to hazardous materials that could be released into the environment due to the storage, transportation, and utilization of hazardous materials in Lyon County.
The Committee's mission has expanded to include all risks. The LEPC provides a forum to discuss, coordinate and provide information on a broad range of emergencies ranging from severe weather to terrorism.
What Are The Activities of The LEPC?
- The LEPC assists with the preparation and implementation of the Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan
- The LEPC assists with the preparation and implementation of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)
- The LEPC receives annual Tier Two Reports (chemical inventories). The LEPC must make information from these reports available, to the public, upon request. The LEPC may also request additional hazardous chemical information from facilities for emergency planning purposes.
- The LEPC promotes hazardous material exercises and drills to improve response preparedness.
Who Participates In The LEPC?
The Lyon County LEPC is comprised of representatives from Lyon County; the City of Fernley; the City of Yerington; state agencies; local industry and organizations; health and medical agencies; the Lyon County School District; fire, ems and law enforcement agencies; and concerned citizens.
What Does The LEPC Promote?
The Lyon County LEPC promotes, emergency planning, preparedness, and public awareness, to protect the community from the potential impact of natural or technological hazards, including hazardous chemical and substances and related disasters.
When Does The LEPC Meet?
The Lyon County LEPC meets the fourth Thursday of the month, every Quarter at 10:00 a.m. at the Lyon County Administrative Complex, 27 South Main Street, Yerington, NV 89447