The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is appointed by the State Emergency Response Commission. The Committee implements the Emergency Planning Community Right-to-Know Act (SARA Title III/EPCRA). The LEPC works with private businesses to identify and monitor existing chemical hazards within the County.
The mission of the LEPC is to:
- Develop and maintain a comprehensive emergency plan for the community
- Receive information about accidental chemical releases
- Annually update the information about chemicals stored or used by local facilities
- Collect, manage, and provide public access to information on hazardous chemicals in the area
- Support the local fire department and emergency response teams
- Educate the public about risks from accidental and routine releases of chemicals and work with facilities to minimize risks
The Dorchester County LEPC meets semi-annually in the spring and fall. Additionally, the Committee participates in the semi-annual Tri-County LEPC meetings which are held in the winter and summer.
- Local Industry and Businesses
- Regional, County, and Municipal Government
- Non-Governmental/Non-Profit Organizations
- Public Health
- Environmental Health and Safety
- First Responders
Hazardous Materials Reporting
The State Emergency Response Commission and Department of Health and Environmental Control require facilities to file Tier 2 reports on E-Plan. These reports are due annually on March 1st.
The Dorchester County LEPC and Dorchester County Fire Rescue expect facilities to send a printed and signed copy of the Tier 2 report to both the Dorchester County Emergency Management Department and Dorchester County Fire-Rescue. Additionally, a physical site map should be included that labels container locations, entry points, etc. The map should be number or letter coded (not color coded) and does not need to be drawn to scale.