The mission of the LEPC is to effectively plan for emergencies involving hazardous materials. The LEPC is tasked with the responsibility of:
- SARA Title III Environmental Compliance;
- HAZMAT training and exercises;
- Site-Specific Chemical Planning Program;
- Emergency Lock Box Program;
- Coordination of chemical information to emergency responders; and
- Maintenance of the county-wide incident management plan.
The Harnett County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a federally mandated committee composed of:
- business and industry representatives
- emergency response groups (fire, medical and law enforcement, etc)
- community groups media
- environmental interest
- the general public
LEPC Chairman: Zach Shean
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 Harnett County Emergency Services Emergency Management Division has been designated as the official agency to serve as coordinator of this information.
Formal requests for information may be submitted to the LEPC Chair below. Once your information is received it will be evaluated by the Chair, Vice-Chair and Public Information Coordinator and returned within an appropriate amount of time.
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 caused by that chemical's use or storage. Contact the Emergency Management Office for further information at 910-893-7580. Tier II reporting is conducted by the use of EPLAN automated web-based reporting system. Please contact the Emergency Management Office for assistance in this process.
- Annually, the industry must submit to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and to the U.S. EPA. This inventory reports on the amounts of toxic chemicals they routinely emit into the air, water or ship off-site for treatment or disposal.
We encourage the business community, both large and small, to become involved in the LEPC. Our goal is to ensure a strong emergency preparedness program that guarantees the safety of all of our citizens. The LEPC meets annually and the public is invited to attend.
For LEPC information, contact:
Harnett County Emergency Management
1005 Edwards Brothers Drive
P.O. Box 370Lillington, NC 27546