The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a federally mandated entity composed of state and local officials, business representatives and members of the press.
The role of the LEPC is to form a partnership with local governments and industries as a resource for enhancing hazardous materials preparedness. Local governments are responsible for the integration of hazmat planning and response within their jurisdiction. This includes:
- Ensuring that hazards and vulnerabilities assessment adequately addresses hazmat incidents
- Incorporating planning for hazmat incidents into the local emergency operations plan and annexes
- Supporting community's right to know by providing access to incident reports and Tier II SARA information
In the 1980s Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), in 1986. EPCRA establishes requirements for businesses and for federal, state, and local governments regarding emergency planning and community right-to-know (CRTK) reporting for hazardous chemicals. The CRTK provision in EPCRA helped increase awareness about the presence of chemicals in the communities and releases of these chemicals into the environment. State of Illinois also enacted CRTK laws that are consistent with federal law. As a result, State and communities, working with industry, are better able to protect public health and the environment.
It's necessary for industry to be a part of that planning process to ensure facility plans are compatible with local emergency plans.
Every regulated facility is responsible for:
- Identifying a facility emergency coordinator
- Reporting hazmat inventories annually to the LEPC, SERC, and local fire department
- Providing material safety data sheets (MSDS) or a list of hazardous chemicals
- Allowing local fire departments to conduct on-site inspection of hazmat facilities Providing reports of toxic chemicals released to EPA and the State
LEPCs are crucial to local hazardous materials planning and community right-to-know programs.
The membership comes from the local area and should be familiar with factors that affect safety, the environment, and the economy of the community. That expertise is essential as the LEPC advises the writers of the local emergency management plan, so that the plan is tailored to the needs of the planning district. In addition to its formal duties, the LEPC can serve as a focal point in the community for information and discussion about hazardous substance emergency planning, and health and environmental risks. Citizens may expect the LEPC to reply to questions about chemical hazards and risk management actions.
McHenry County Local Emergency Planning Committee
c/o Emergency Management
2200 North Seminary Ave
Woodstock, IL 60098
Meeting dates, agendas and minutes are located on the new McHenry County Meeting Portal. Follow the link and select Local Emergency Planning to view meeting agendas and minutes.
Meetings are held at the McHenry County Administration Building at 9:00 am unless otherwise noted: 667 Ware Rd, Woodstock, IL