What is the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)?
Industries or agricultural sites that use, produce, or store above a certain amount of extremely hazardous substances are required by law to plan for emergencies. Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) ensure that this law is enforced. The LEPC program is also known as SARA (Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act) or EPCRA (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know). Title III is the section of federal law that outlines the program.
Federal law provides for a State Emergency Response Committee (SERC) made up of volunteers to oversee the LEPCs. The Michigan State Police Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division staffs the SERC. In Michigan, each county is designated as a Local Emergency Planning district. Any local jurisdiction with a population of 15,000 or more can also choose to have its own LEPC. The City of Ann Arbor within Washtenaw County has its own LEPC. Contact the City of Ann Arbor Office of Emergency Management at [email protected] or (734) 794-6961.