What is a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)?
The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a coordinated planning group comprised of individuals who have knowledge and awareness to the planning and response to incidents involving hazardous materials.
The LEPC is a Hamilton County Board. The members are nominated by the County Commissioners and approved by the State Emergency Reponse Commission (SERC). LEPC members are volunteers and serve a two-year (2) term of office. They are reappointed during the odd numbered years. The membership of an LEPC must include, without limitation, personnel from each of these groups: elected state and local officials, law enforcement, emergency management, firefighting, first aid, health, local environmental, hospital, transportation, broadcast/print media, community groups, and facilities (see Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 3750 ).
LEPCs were established under a federal law, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Download Hamilton County LEPC Right-to-Know request form. To learn more about local emergency planning requirements under EPCRA, please visit US EPA EPCRA webpage.
LEPCs are NOT emergency responders.