Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 (EPCRA) was created to help communities plan for emergencies involving hazardous substances. The Act establishes requirements for federal, state and local governments, Indian tribes, and industry regarding emergency planning and "Community Right-to-Know" reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals. The Community Right-to-Know provisions help increase the public's knowledge and access to information on chemicals at individual facilities, their uses, and releases into the environment. States and communities, working with facilities, can use the information to improve chemical safety and protect public health and the environment.

Four Major Provisions of EPCRA

  • Emergency Planning (Sections 301 – 303)
  • Emergency Release Notification (Section 304)
  • Hazardous Chemical Storage Reporting (Sections 311 – 312)
  • Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (Section 313)

Local Emergency Planning Requirements

EPCRA local emergency planning requirements (Sections 301 to 303) stipulate that every community in the United States must be part of a comprehensive emergency response plan. Facilities are required to participate in the planning process.

State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) oversee the implementation of EPCRA requirements in each state.