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LEPC Introduction

In Pennsylvania, Hazardous Material Emergency Planning and Response Act of 1990, P.L. 639, No. 165 - supplements the federal law - Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986 (also known as SARA, Title III). Each county has established a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). These committees are faced with identifying hazardous material facilities, maintaining chemical inventory reports and planning for off-site releases of hazardous materials.

The Carbon County LEPC is comprised of volunteer members representing various groups. They meet monthly and the meetings are open to the public. On June 19, 1991 Ordinance #1991-01 was passed by the Carbon County Commissioners. It established a $75.00 Chemical Fee for Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS) or Hazardous Substances (HS) in amounts equal to or above their reporting quantity, as defined by SARA, Title III, a $100.00 Planning Fee, and established a Carbon County HAZMAT Restricted Account.

Hazardous Materials are substances that can cause harm to people and the environment. These substances can be complex and unique to a special industry process, or common everyday commodities such as gasoline. They can be seemingly harmless substances, but when used improperly or exposed in extraordinary concentrations, the results could be disastrous. We are potentially exposed to these substances daily.

Pennsylvania Act 165-1990 requires each county to maintain a hazardous materials response capability. Carbon County contracts with a HAZMAT (hazardous materials) Team which is certified through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

The money derived from the above fees is used to improve preparedness and training. This includes equipment utilized by the Emergency Management Agency (computer, software, vehicle, radios, etc.) to respond to HAZMAT incidents, equipment used by fire departments (booms, pads, foam, etc.) to respond to spills, or to provide training for responders.