On October 17, 1986, the U.S. Congress passed the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, also known as SARA Title III or the Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA), following a chemical disaster where an accidental release of Methyl Isocyanate injured and killed more than 2,000 people in Bhopal, India.
EPCRA was passed to ensure the public would have the right to know about hazardous and toxic chemicals in their communities. EPCRA also mandated planning for chemical emergencies and established a chain of command to assure that four major provisions were met:
Governors of each state were required to appoint a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), responsible for implementing EPCRA provisions within each state. SERC’s must be broad based and include agencies and departments concerned with:
SERC’s then designated local emergency planning districts and appointed a Local Emergency Planning Committee(LEPC) for each district.
LEPC’s must include:
The primary responsibility of LEPC’s include:
Within these broad tasks, LEPC’s must:
To learn more about LEPCs and their role in the community, visit https://www.epa.gov/epcra/local-emergency-planning-committees
For questions about becoming a member of the LEPC, please contact Limestone County EMA at 256.232.2631