Local Emergency Planning Committee
Fulfilling EPCRA & improving all hazards preparedness
The mission of the Schuylkill County Local Emergency Planning Committee(LEPC) is to protect and serve all the citizens of the County by promoting hazardous materials safety for all sectors of the community. The LEPC is a group of community representatives from the disciplines of business & industry, elected officials, emergency management & 911, emergency medical services & public health, environmental, faith-based & non-profit, fire & hazardous materials, law enforcement, municipal authority & government, media & public relations, planning, private citizen, school, colleges & universities, and volunteers.
Since the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) was passed in 1986, Communities have faced new concerns, issues and challenges including the emergencies such as the 2001 World Trade Center Bombing, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2006 June Floods in Mid-Atlantic, 2011 Tropical Storm Lee, 2012 Hurricane Sandy.
Faced with the changing dynamics of community preparedness, we have transitioned our LEPC toward an All-Hazards approach looking beyond hazardous materials and addressing all hazards that could threaten our communities. Our LEPC can provide a great forum for awareness and planning for all types of hazards because our membership represents a wide cross section of the community that would respond in a local emergency and improve preparedness through training and exercising of the all-hazard plans.
Landmark Federal Hazardous Material Laws and Regulations
In the 1980s, Americans were becoming increasingly aware of the hazardous chemicals in their workplaces and communities. During that decade, several landmark laws and regulations were passed in favor of community and workplace right-to-know movements. Key legislation includes the following:
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, later known as the Superfund Act. For more information on CERCLA visit: www.epa.gov/superfund/policy/cercla.htm
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication https://www.osha.gov/law-regs.html this standard went into effect in 1985.
Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986. Title III of SARA consists of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/policy/sara.htm