The LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) is a group that meets to discuss training, planning and events that have occurred in our community in regard to emergencies and disaster response. The LEPC is made up of community leaders, emergency response agencies, local business and industry, volunteer agencies as well as private citizens. EPCRA - Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act was passed 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 disaster in Bhopal, India, in which more than 2,000 people suffered death or serious injury from the accidental release of methyl isocyanate. To reduce the likelihood of such a disaster in the United States, Congress imposed requirements on both states and regulated facilities. The LEPC is also responsible for receiving Tier II reports from business and industry in our community of chemical inventories at their facilities. For more information click here.
To Report a Spill to the NRC, Call 1-800-424-8802 Please be prepared to answer these questions:
1. Area Code 2. Name 3. Company 4. Address 5. Are you Responsible for the release? 6. Are you at this location? 7. Product? 8. Amount? 9. Time of release? 10. Type of facility? 11. Description of tank (if it is a tank)? 12. ID or Tank #? 13. Above or Below ground? 14. Transportable? 15. Is it a regulated chemical? 16. Release to air, ground or water? 17. Environmental impact? 18. Temperature and conditions? 19. Was it cleaned up? 20. Did you notify OERS? You will be given a Report number, write it down. You will be contacted by several organizations over then next few hours or even days. If you are handling the situation (acting as IC) you will need someone to handle the calls coming in to you.
Be sure to make a screen capture or other method to show evidence you submitted a notification to the MCLEPC. Websites, while reliable, are never 100% and your compliance is important.