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.