LEPC

The Wake County Local Emergency Planning Committee is a federally mandated committee with membership from business and industry, emergency response groups, media, hospitals, environmental interest groups, universities and the general public.

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the LEPC is to receive information about hazardous substances from industry and use this information to develop comprehensive site emergency plans. It is also responsible for establishing procedures and programs which make it easy for residents to understand and have access to the information that industry submits. 

  • To achieve this the committee oversees: 
  • SARA Title III Environmental Compliance
  • HAZMAT training and exercises  
  • Site-Specific Chemical Planning Program  
  • Emergency Lock Box Program  
  • Coordination of chemical information to emergency responders  
  • Maintenance of the county-wide incident management plan

How We Can Help

The LEPC can assist you in obtaining chemical related information from industry in your neighborhood. 

Industry must provide three types of information to the LEPC:  

  1. In case of an accidental release of certain chemicals, industry must immediately notify appropriate federal, state, and local agencies, including the LEPC. Once submitted, release information is maintained on file with the LEPC.  

  2. If a business stores, uses or manufactures one of approximately 360 chemicals that the U.S. EPA considers extremely hazardous (EHS), they must report the amount through E-Plan website, complete a Site-specific Plan (SSP), and provide appropriate maps with general location and hazards to the LEPC.  

  3. Annually, the industry must submit a Toxic Release Inventory to the State Emergency Response Commission and to the U.S. EPA.  This reports on the amounts of toxic chemicals they routinely emit into the air, water, or ship off-site for treatment or disposal.  

Federal law required the LEPC to complete an Emergency Response Plan within two years after the date of the enactment of the Community Right-to-Know Act. The LEPC is required to review the plan at least annually.

A comprehensive plan was developed for Wake County and its 12 municipalities and is available for public inspection at Wake County Public Libraries and at the Wake County Emergency Management office located at:

337 S. Salisbury St. 
Raleigh, NC 27601 
 919-856-6480  

Community Right-to-Know Act

In 1986, in the wake of the Bhopal, India disaster, the U.S. Congress enacted the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act as part of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).

This Act (PL 99-499) requires industry to provide information to local governments and citizens on the types and amounts of hazardous materials they manufacture, store, handle, use or release regularly into the environment (In Wake County and the State of North Carolina, the reportable quantities are 55 gallons or 500 pounds or more of any OSHA Hazardous Substance; for Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS), the Federal reportable quantities apply.

Submission, of an annual Tier II report (through the E-Plan website), of any chemicals which meet or exceed these amounts, satisfies the Federal, State, and local reporting requirements). The intent of the Act was that, with this important information, communities could take steps to reduce the risk of fires, explosions, and pollution and be better prepared for emergencies before they occur.

Contact Us

Please contact us for more information.

337 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
 
919-856-6480