The Johnston County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a federally mandated committee with membership from:
- Business and Industry
- Emergency Response groups such as fire, medical, and law enforcement
- Community groups
- Environmental interest
- General public
The mission of the LEPC is to effectively plan for emergencies involving hazardous materials. The LEPC is responsible for:
- SARA Title III Environmental compliance
- HAZMAT training and exercises
- Site-Specific Chemical Planning Programs
- Emergency Lock Box Programs
- Coordination of chemical information to emergency responders
- Maintenance of the County-wide incident management plan.
The LEPC meets on a quarterly basis and the public is invited to attend.
The primary responsibility of the LEPC is to receive information about hazardous substances from industry and to use this information to develop comprehensive site emergency plans to handle emergencies. The LEPC is also responsible for establishing procedures and programs that make it easy for citizens to understand and have access to the information that industry submits.
The LEPC can assist you in obtaining chemical-related information from industry in your neighborhood. Federal law requires LEPCs to establish procedures for receiving and processing requests from the public for information. The Johnston County Office of Emergency Services has been designated as the official agency to serve as coordinator of this information.
Industry must provide three types of information to the LEPC, including:
In case of an accidental release of certain chemicals, industry must immediately notify appropriate federal, state, and local agencies, including the LEPC. Once submitted, release information is maintained on file with the LEPC.
If business stores, uses, or manufactures one of approximately 360 chemicals that the U.S. EPA considers extremely hazardous, they must report to the LEPC the amount, general location, and hazards posed by that chemical's use or storage.
Annually, the industry must submit to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and to the U.S. EPA, a Toxic Release Inventory that reports on the amounts of toxic chemicals they routinely emit into the air, water, or ship off-site for treatment or disposal.
Chemical Safety Tips for Citizens
If you should happen upon a transportation accident involving hazardous chemicals:
- Move immediately to a safe area away from the chemical(s). 1,000 feet is recommended.
- DO NOT interact with any chemical(s) at the scene.
- Call 911 to notify emergency personnel. Give them as much information as possible without exposing yourself to danger.
- Alert others and keep them away from possible danger.
- Notify emergency personnel immediately if you become exposed to chemicals.
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