LEPC - Local Emergency Planning
On October 17, 1986, the
U.S. Congress passed the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act,
also known as SARA Title II or the
Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA),
following a chemical disaster where an accidental release of Methyl
Isocyanate injured and killed more than 2,000 people in Bhopal, India.
Governors of each state were required to appoint a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), responsible for implementing EPCRA provisions within each state. SERC's then designated local emergency planning districts and appointed a Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) for each district.
The LEPC membership must include, at a minimum, local officials including police, fire, civil defense, public health, transportation, and environmental professionals, as well as representatives of facilities subject to the emergency planning requirements, community groups, and the media. The LEPCs must develop an emergency response plan, review it at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens.
MCARS & LEPC