Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), counties in Texas must have a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
Major legal responsibilities for the LEPC are from Public Law 99-499. LEPC membership is broad and includes representatives from: elected state and local officials, emergency management, law enforcement, fire service, local health, emergency medical service, local health, emergency medical service, local media personnel, community groups and industry. This means local people are making local decisions about how to plan for, train for, and respond to chemical emergencies in your community.
Most people will agree that efforts to protect the public are best handled locally by the people and for the people whom the law was meant to protect.
The LEPC is designed to form an alliance between local government and industry as a resource to raise hazardous material planning and preparedness levels. Planning also provides information and facilitates training for the first responders who are called upon to protect the public in the event of a chemical accident. Your LEPC can provide you with information on evacuation routes, shelter-in-place procedures and other information you may need to assist your family plan for a chemical emergency.
Increases awareness of chemical hazards in your community and allows you and your local government access to information about chemical hazards. If you are concerned about the types, amounts or locations of chemical stored in your community, contact your LEPC.
Hazardous chemicals are commonly stored at businesses or industrial sites in above or below-ground tanks, or in drums, cylinders, cans, bags, bottles, or other containers. Hazardous materials may be transported by truck, rail, air, or pipeline. Many common, everyday chemicals can produce serious consequences when handled improperly. The key to safety is properly planning in the event a hazardous material incident occurs.
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