Local Emergency Planning Committees

A Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a voluntary organization established to meet the requirements of the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA Title III), for emergency response planning. EPCRA contains four major provisions:

  • Planning for chemical emergency
  • Emergency notification of chemical accidents and releases
  • Reporting of hazardous chemical inventories (Tier II reports)
  • Toxic chemical release reporting

Although these are the minimum requirements, the State of Kansas advocates an all-hazards, multi-objective planning approach.

The Technological Hazards Section Provides:

  • Organizational assistance and support to local committees
  • Training for planners and first responders
  • An updated statewide list of LEPCs
  • Grant funds through the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant Program.