Local Emergency Planning Committee
What is the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)?
Industries or agricultural sites that use, produce or store above a certain amount of extremely hazardous substances are required by law to plan for emergencies. Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) ensure that this law is enforced. The LEPC program is also known as SARA (Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act) or EPCRA (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know). Title III is the section of federal law that outlines the program.
Federal law provides for a State Emergency Response Committee (SERC) made up of volunteers to oversee the LEPCs. The Michigan State Police Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division staffs the SERC. In Michigan, each county is designated as a Local Emergency Planning district. Any local jurisdiction with a population of 15,000 or more can also choose to have its own LEPC. The City of Ann Arbor within Washtenaw County has its own LEPC. Contact the City of Ann Arbor Emergency Management Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 794-6980.
How can I become a member of the Washtenaw County LEPC?
If you are interested in becoming involved with the Washtenaw County LEPC, please contact:
Washtenaw County Public Health
Environmental Health Division
705 N. Zeeb Rd.
P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645
- Pollution Prevention Program
The Washtenaw County Pollution Prevention Program is responsible for inspecting facilities that store, manufacture, or use hazardous, toxic, or polluting materials. Inspectors ensure that facilities utilize and dispose of hazardous materials properly, thereby preventing environmental contamination.
- Community Right to Know Act
Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act ("SARA Title III") is also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). This act has four main components: Emergency Planning, Emergency Release Notification, Hazardous Chemical Inventory (Tier Two Report), and Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (TRI).