The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a program implemented by the Colorado Emergency Planning Commission (CEPC) and the EPA. The LEPC emphasize local awareness and ensures that all businesses and organizations which store hazardous materials have emergency plans to assist emergency responders in the safe handling of material spills on their property.
LEPC activities include emergency response planning, training, education and outreach, program administration, and local program initiatives. LEPC membership includes elected officials, emergency responders, community members and industry leaders.
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) was passed in 1986 in response to concerns regarding the environmental and safety hazards posed by the storage and handling of toxic chemicals. These concerns were triggered by the 1984 disaster in Bhopal, India, caused by an accidental release of methylisocyanate. The release killed or severely injured more than 2000 people.
To reduce the likelihood of such a disaster in the United States, Congress imposed requirements for federal, state and local governments, tribes, and industry. These requirements covered emergency planning and "Community Right-to-Know" reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals. The Community Right-to-Know provisions help increase the public's knowledge and access to information on chemicals at individual facilities, their uses, and releases into the environment. States, local agencies and communities, working with facilities, can use the information to improve chemical safety and protect public health and the environment.
Under the EPCRA facilities which deal with hazardous materials that meet or exceed certain threshold amounts are required by federal law to submit documentation of said materials on an annual basis. This documentation is now required to be submitted electronically through the submission program “TIER2Submit”. This program is free and available online on EPA’s website. The purpose of Tier II Reports form is to provide State, local officials, and the public with specific information on potential hazards. This includes the locations, as well as the amount, of hazardous chemicals present at your facility during the previous calendar year.
For general questions about the Denver LEPC and Tier II reporting, contact David Powell at DenverLEPC@denvergov.org or at 720-865-7897.