Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
Local Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) establishes direction for a systematic, coordinated approach to preparedness for, response to and recovery from emergencies and disasters occurring within the state. The EOPs describe the policies and procedures for coordinating support and are designed to be consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) are organized to fulfill the requirements of the federal regulations regarding Title III of the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986. LEPCs are responsible for preparing hazardous materials emergency response plans, serving as a repository for hazardous materials information and performing outreach functions to include hazardous materials awareness. LEPCs must have membership representation from a cross-section of the community it serves. LEPC membership should include elected officials, fire department, law enforcement, emergency management, healthcare, media, schools, industry, transportation, public health, voluntary organizations, and others.
Statutorily provided in North Dakota Century Code (NDCC) 37-17.1-07.1(b) in conjunction with the state emergency response commission, the local emergency planning committees, as appointed by the boards of county commissioners, and the local emergency management organizations shall coordinate the development and maintenance of a state hazardous chemicals preparedness and response program.
The LEPC's next meeting will be June 22, 2021 with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m.