Local Emergency Planning Committee

Join us at our next meeting October 9!

We are excited to welcome a representative from AristaTek, a company who provides first responders with software that not only alerts them to known hazardous materials at a location for response, but also provides them with worst case scenario information to improve response and planning. Tools like this provide key data for decision making as an incident unfolds. 

Come gain a better understanding of the critical factors that are considered when assessing risk for our first responders and community!

What is the LEPC?

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is the coordination and oversight body for hazardous materials located in Pierce County. It is composed of a wide range of community representatives, including those from industry, government, environmental groups, media and first responders, among others. The Committee's mandate, by Federal legislation, is to carry out the requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). This was part of Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986. 

The LEPC is tasked with developing local hazardous materials response plans. This includes identifying resources and response capabilities, conducting needs assessments of emergency response personnel and equipment and establishing memorandums of understanding with other agencies regarding hazardous materials incidents. 

In addition, the LEPC is the repository of the information reported to them from those companies required to submit information under the requirements of EPCRA. The LEPC must also establish procedures for receiving and processing requests from the general public for information about industries' hazardous materials. 

Tier II Reporting 

The Pierce County Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC), in accordance with the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) or SARA Title III Section 312, requires completion of a 

Tier II - Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory report form to be completed by all facilities in Pierce County which have reportable quantities of chemicals. 

Completed report forms must be submitted by March 1 each year and can be submitted to the LEPC at 

PCEMERMGMT@co.pierce.wa.us

Completed report forms should also be submitted to the Washington State Department of Ecology as well as your local fire district. 

New Business!

Congratulations to our new board!

During our July 10 meeting your LEPC elected a new whole new board!

Chair: Jay Sumerlin (West Pierce Fire and Rescue)

Vice Chair: Kelly Kiyohara (Pierce County Emergency Management)

Secretary: Ute Weber (City of Tacoma Emergency Management)

2018 Meeting Dates and Location

Mark your calendars, the 2018 LEPC meeting dates and location have been set! Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each quarter from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Fabulich Center at 3600 Port of Tacoma Road, Tacoma, WA 98424:

2017 Meeting Agendas and Minutes

January 10, 2017 Agenda and Minutes

April 11, 2017 Agenda and Minutes

July 11, 2017 Agenda and Minutes

October 10, 2017 Agenda and Minutes

Training for LEPC Committee Members

Course Title

Frequency
Open Public Meetings Training requirement: Every member of a governing body of a public agency must complete training requirements on the OPMA within 90 days of assuming office or taking the oath of office, and at intervals of no more than four years as long as they remain in office.
Training PPT for members of LEPC This training Power Point is for members of the LEPC to study key components of the EPCRA. Frequency is as stated above.