Under the Federal SARA Title III/EPCRA (Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986), local communities must establish a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). The primary purpose of the LEPC is to work with local facility representatives on the development of an emergency response plan tailored to the needs of the local community. The local LEPC must analyze hazards and evaluate available resources for preparing for and responding to a potential chemical accident.
A part of the emergency response plan is based upon chemical information provided to the LEPC by local industry. Another important function of the LEPC is to oversee the reporting of the Tier II, and hazardous chemical reporting requirements set fourth under numerous federal regulations. The LEPC may establish local reporting requirements and also can take legal action against a facility if it fails to provide the information required under Title III. The goals of both the LEPC and the Citizens Corps program are inherently similar; both strive to protect our communities from disaster.