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Date: November 21, 2013
Location: San Angelo/Tom Green County EOC
What is an LEPC
The Tom Green County Local Emergency Planning Committee was established for the purpose of improving the community's ability to prevent and respond to hazardous chemical emergencies. We are a non-profit community organization composed of representatives from local industry, community groups, government and interested citizens working together to make Tom Green County safer.
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as SARA Title III, was enacted in November 1986. It has its roots in the Bhopal, India chemical accident of 1984 that resulted in the deaths of over 6,000 people. Congress looked at this terrible accident and determined to take measures to assure that a similar accident will never happen in the United States. The result of their concern is EPCRA and local LEPCs.
This law provided an infrastructure at the state and local levels to plan for chemical emergencies. Facilities that have spilled hazardous substances, or that store, use, or release certain chemicals are subject to various reporting requirements. All of this information is made publicly available so that interested parties may become informed about potentially dangerous chemicals in their community.
EPCRA has three major functions:
- Emergency notification and planning provisions require companies to disclose potential toxic hazards and ensure that local communities have the information they need to plan for chemical emergencies;
- Community Right-To-Know provides the public with access to critical information about toxic chemical inventories held by businesses in the community. This information is collected by the LEPC;
- The Toxics Release Inventory requires certain large manufacturing facilities to report routine releases of some 320 listed toxic chemicals to the public and EPA. The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) establishes the first on-line, publicly accessible computer database ever mandated by federal law for dissemination of government information.
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Department of Homeland Security FEMA
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National Weather Service - San Angelo Forecast
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Texas DPS LEPC Handbook
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