Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
What is a LEPC?
The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a federally mandated entity composed of state and local officials, business representatives, members of the press, and community groups. Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), LEPCs must develop an emergency response plan, review the plan at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens.
The purpose of the Prince George’s County LEPC is to enhance Prince George’s County’s preparedness and response to hazardous materials incidents by involving the government, private business, nonprofit organizations, and citizens in planning and preparing for such an incident.
The Prince George’s County LEPC will also act as an advisory committee to the Prince George’s County Government in regards to emergency preparedness and response for hazardous materials and will fulfill any and all additional requirements articulated under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (“EPCRA”).
The Prince George's County LEPC will:
1. Maintain compliance with EPCRA and all additional relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations;
2. Prepare and maintain a comprehensive and coordinated chemical emergency operations plan for Prince George’s County;
3. Serve as a repository of information relating to hazardous chemicals, regulated chemical companies, and response to chemical emergencies in Prince George’s County, including receiving and processing requested relevant information from the public;
4. Serve as a publically accessible forum for government, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public to coordinate emergency preparedness activities;
5. Establish and maintain a database of hazardous chemical locations and quantities in the county, as well as maintaining information on all facilities that manufacture or store Extremely Hazardous Substances (“EHS”); and
6. Establish a forum for the exchange of information and best practices and facilitate relationships among the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Membership in the Prince George's County LEPC is open to individuals who have an interest in emergency preparedness.
The following representatives must be present in the Prince George's LEPC:
- Elected state and local officials
- Law enforcement personnel
- Civil defense personnel
- Firefighting personnel
- EMS personnel
- Health personnel
- Local environment personnel
- Hospital personnel
- Transportation personnel
- Broadcast and print media personnel
- Representatives of community groups
- Owners and operations of facilities subject to EPCRA requirements
LEPC meetings are open to the public and conducted on a quarterly basis from 10:00 - 12:00 at:
Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management
7915 Anchor St.
Landover, MD 20785
2016 Meeting Dates: June 27th and October 11th
These meetings will provide a forum for collaboration between the public, private, and non-profit sectors. In addition, these forums will be used to deliver emergency preparedness education.
If you are interested in becoming a part of Prince George's County LEPC, please email OEMStaff@co.pg.md.us or call 301-324-4400 for more information.