Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC-6)

 

Local Emergency Planning Committee Region 6 (LEPC-6) is an independent organization that operates under the authority of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). LEPC-6 is composed of and supports first responders, emergency management agencies, Tier II reporting industries and businesses, citizen groups, and various others, such as RACES, CERT, 211, Schools, Health Departments, Hospitals, Towns, Homeland Security representatives, the Red Cross, local Emergency Management Directors, and Planners. LEPCs are able to foster a valuable interdisciplinary dialogue related to disaster preparedness and response.

LEPCs were established by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) from the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986, enacted as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act to prevent emergency situations from hazardous chemicals. Thus, LEPCs were formed to focus solely on hazardous chemical responses. In more recent years, most LEPCs have evolved to encompass planning for all hazards.

Officers:

   LEPC Chair: Erik Rosenbauer

Past meeting minutes and agendas:  Please go to LEPC-6 page in the WRC committees section of this web site.

Questions can be directed to Erik Rosenbauer at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


LEPC-6 Transitions Away from WRC 

You may have heard that the Local Emergency Planning Commission 6 (LEPC-6) is in transition. That is true, and here is some information about what's new.

The June 19th LEPC-6 meeting was the last meeting organized with WRC involvement. For a number of reasons, WRC felt it was the right time to transition away from LEPC-6 involvement and towards creating our own method of involving the public and our emergency management partners going forward. June 30th is the last day that WRC will serve in the Secretary and Treasurer roles. Additionally, Paul Fraser is stepping down as Chair on June 30th. We want to thank him for his dedicated, enthusiastic and entertaining service throughout the last three and a half years.
The LEPC-6 will move forward starting on July 1 under the leadership of the current Vice Chair and soon-to-be Chair, Erik Rosenbauer. Erik has become familiar with the LEPC-6 during his committed involvement over the last several years, and he is a member of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). We will support him and his efforts into the foreseeable future as he gets the LEPC-6 set up in his vision.

The LEPC-6 has always been an independent organization and will continue to be. What this means for current members is that Erik will now organize and lead the bi-monthly meetings. Tier II filings and all LEPC-6 related emails should go to the new email account: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There will also soon be a new LEPC-6 website.

A benefit of this transition is that the WRC will be able to provide greater focus on the needs of our town emergency management directors and other local emergency planners. The LEPC-6 had been a forum through which the region's emergency managers would convene, but its actual statutory focus is limited to Tier II hazardous materials. WRC will begin having quarterly Emergency Planning related meetings, forums, and roundtables beginning this fall. Please stay tuned for more about this coming soon! We will be reaching out to local emergency responders, planners and interested parties to inform us how best to work with and learn from one another, what the priority issues are, and what role the WRC can best serve in supporting emergency management for the Windham Region. We're not going anywhere-we're just shifting! We hope you will stay tuned and get involved!


Tier II Reporting and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) is a Federal Act that was created to help communities plan for emergencies involving hazardous substances. The Act requires industry to report yearly on the storage, use and releases of hazardous chemicals to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and the local responding fire department. The EPA’s List of Lists outlines reporting requirements under EPCRA, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act.  Vermont Tier II requirements can be found here.

Tier II reports are due yearly on March 1st.  If your facility acquires a new chemical, you need to update and submit your Tier II report within 90 days of exceeding reporting thresholds regardless of the date that occurs.  All Extremely Hazard Substance (EHS) facilities are required by statute to have a representative at all LEPC meetings. 

LEPC-6 requests that Tier II submissions be made electronically (file format .t2s) using the EPA Tier2Submit software to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . EPA provides this software at no charge. Tier2Submit generates electronic versions of the Tier II form. Tier2Submit can be downloaded here. A tutorial on how to fill out your Tier II form using EPA's Tier2 Submit software is available here. If facilities do not have access to download Tier2Submit, they can continue to provide hard copy reports. All information submitted pursuant to EPCRA regulations is publicly accessible, unless protected by a trade secret claim. You can request this information by contacting Alyssa Sabetto at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (802) 257-4547 ext. 113.


Notification Procedures for Release of Reportable Quantity

The three calls that are REQUIRED to be made immediately (within one hour) of a release:

If you have any questions related to hazmat response please contact the State Hazmat Team Chief Todd Cosgrove at 802-479-7586 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Links

Presentation on The Role of the Local Public Information Officer after an Event, by Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer for the VT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, PDF

The Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry provides step-by-step advice to organizations on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program - http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3412

VT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security training - http://demhs.vermont.gov/training
Vermont Fire Academy - http://firesafety.vermont.gov/fire_training/classes
Vermont Police Academy - http://vcjtc.vermont.gov/training

Last Updated on 17 July 2018