Local Emergency Planning Committee

Local Emergency Planning CommitteeMeetings

Van Buren County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Meeting start times are at 8:30AM in the

Van Buren County Board of Commissioners Meeting Room

219 E. Paw Paw Street - Second Floor

Paw Paw, MI  49079

 

2023 Meeting Schedule

January 18th 

February 15th

March 15th (at Palisades Conference Room during LEPC/LPT Tour of Plant)

April 19th

July 19th

August 16th (Cancelled)

September 20th

October 18th (Cancelled)

December 20th

 

(All dates are subject to change and any changes or cancelations will be made in advance as practical.)

Overview

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986, also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), was enacted by Congress to help local communities prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies. EPCRA requires facilities to report chemical storage and release information and instructs communities to develop emergency response plans. Each state governor must appoint a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).

The SERCs are to design and appoint emergency planning districts and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), which have a vital role in coordinating information on chemical storage, emergency planning, and chemical spill response. In addition, the Clean Air Act of 1990 under Section 112(r), or the Risk Management Program, was created to prevent chemical accidents at facilities using extremely hazardous substances.