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Local Emergency Planning Committee

In 1986 the federal government passed the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as Sara Title III. The new law required communities across the country to set up Local Emergency Planning Committees (L.E.P.C.) to develop plans for responding to chemical emergencies. The law also requires certain manufacturing plants and other facilities to submit information about the chemicals they use, store and emit into the environment. Under EPCRA, you are guaranteed the right to information on chemicals in your area. That is where the LEPC comes into the picture and plays one of its most important roles. EPCRA is based on the idea of working partnerships. All parts of the community join forces to insure A Right-To-Know@. Each LEPC must include, at a minimum, state and local officials, police, fire emergency preparedness, public health professionals, environmental, hospital and transportation officials, as well as representatives of facilities subject to the emergency planning requirements, community groups, and the media. The LEPC must establish rules, give public notice of its activities and establish procedures for handling public requests for information. Additionally the LEPC must designate an emergency coordinator to receive emergency release notifications. The LEPC=s primary responsibility is to develop an emergency response plan. In developing this plan, available resources are evaluated for preparing for and responding to a potential chemical accident. The L.E.P.C. meeting is held on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month,at the Port Allen Fire Station 1 Located at 700 N Alexander Av next to Family Dollar in Port Allen. The meeting time is 11:00 am The public is invited to attend.

Click here to visit the LEPC website for the parish.


 

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