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Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC)

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) are community-based organizations that assist in preparing for emergencies. Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know-Act (EPCRA), LEPC’s must develop an emergency response plan, review the plan annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to the citizens. There is one LEPC for each of the more than 3,000 designated local emergency planning districts.

LEPC membership must include (at minimum):

  • Elected state and local officials
  • Police, fire, civil defense, and public health professionals
  • Environment, transportation, and hospital officials
  • Facility representatives
  • Representatives from community groups and the media

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