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WHAT IS THE LEPC?


The Hamilton County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is your community-based organization that assists in building partnerships and preparing; government officials, emergency response agencies, industry, citizens, and academia for hazardous materials emergencies.


Your LEPC promotes the discovery and mitigation of risks associated with hazardous materials through prevention, preparedness, and rapid response.


Prevention involves identifying causes of, and reducing the potential for hazardous materials accidents to occur. Proper safety measures, sound management practices, and preventive maintenance all reduce the potential for hazardous materials accidents.


Preparedness involves anticipating accidents that may occur despite prevention measures, and developing contingency, or emergency response, plans. Emergency response plans help facilities and governments respond to accidents quickly and efficiently. Your LEPC assists with developing and maintaining local emergency response plans for hazardous materials emergency response. We also educate our community on hazardous materials emergency preparedness.


LEPC MEMBERSHIP


All 95 counties in Tennessee have LEPCs. Each LEPC includes representation from; elected officials, emergency management, firefighting, emergency medical, law enforcement, community health, environmental protection, hazardous materials transportation, community groups, and owners and operators of facilities subject to the requirements of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III.


LEPC EVENTS


The public is encouraged to participate in the LEPC. Public meetings are held at 10:30 am, the second Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November each year. Meeting notifications are normally advertised in the Chattanooga Times Free Press the second Monday of each meeting month. The notification includes the scheduled meeting date, time, and location.


The LEPC periodically sponsors hazardous materials emergency training and exercises involving industry and emergency response agencies. Events are advertised in the Chattanooga Times Free Press in advanced of scheduled dates. The notification includes the scheduled date, time, and location.


LEPC FUNDING


The Hamilton County LEPC is a not for profit organization funded by donations. Your generous gifts cover expenses associated with activities in emergency planning, hazardous materials training and exercises, public meetings, public outreach efforts, and assistance to local emergency services. With your assistance, we will continue to improve our community‘s awareness of and response to hazardous materials emergencies.


If you would like to support your LEPC please send donations to:

Hamilton County LEPC
317 Oak Street
Suite 302
Chattanooga, TN 37403


WHERE TO FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LEPC?


You may contact the Hamilton County LEPC for copies of the LEPC financial report, meeting minutes, by-laws, or membership participation.


Requests for information should include the type of and dates for the information desired. Send requests with return address to:

Hamilton County LEPC
317 Oak Street
Suite 302
Chattanooga, TN 37403


WHERE TO FIND INFORMATION ABOUT LOCAL HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FACILITIES?


Title III of SARA, also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, ensures citizens have the opportunity to be informed about hazardous materials manufactured, utilized, or stored by industries in their community.


Facilities covered under Title III are required to provide detailed information, annually, on the type and quantity of hazardous materials manufactured, utilized, or stored on their premises and report hazardous material incidents. Requests for Tier II information must be submitted to the Tennessee State Emergency Response Commission in writing.


Each Request must include the specific facility name and address. Only the most current year is available to the public. There is a 45-day response window for requests, per the federal statute.


Requests for Tier II reports can be sent via email or mailed to:

Email: epcra@tnema.org
Mailing Address:
SERC
3041 Sidco Drive
P.O. Box 41502
Nashville, TN 37204

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