Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC-6)

 

STAFF:  ALYSSA SABETTO

Local Emergency Planning Committee Region 6 (LEPC-6) is supported by the Windham Regional Commission (WRC) and operates under the authority of the State Emergency Response Commission. LEPC-6 is composed of and supports first responders, Tier II reporting industries, businesses, citizen groups, and various members of all entities of emergency management—RACES, CERT, 211, Schools, Health Departments, Hospitals, EMD’s, Homeland Security representatives, the Red Cross, local emergency management coordinators, and planners. LEPCs are able to foster a valuable interdisciplinary dialogue related to disaster preparedness and response.

There are 13 LEPC regions in the State. LEPCs were established by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) from the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act 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 that may affect communities in the region, not just chemical emergencies.

Mission Statement:  To provide Emergency Planning resources and guidance throughout Windham Region through education, coordination and assistance.

Officers:
   LEPC Chair: Paul Fraser
   LEPC Vice-Chair: Erik Rosenbauer
   LEPC Secretary: Alyssa Sabetto
   LEPC Treasurer: Mike Shaughnessy

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

Questions can be directed to LEPC-6 Secretary Alyssa Sabetto at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (802) 257-4547 ext. 113.


Upcoming Meetings 

April 17, 2018 LEPC meeting topic: Vermont Emergency Management Training and Exercise Opportunities
Meeting time: 12:00 pm, Meeting Place: Dummerston Fire Department, 1098 East West Road, Dummerston, VT

Are you curious about what trainings are available to your organization? What about what an exercise is and how to conduct one? Rich Cogliano, VEM Southern Regional Coordinator, will talk about the training and exercise opportunities through VEM. Do you already know what trainings and exercises would your organization like to hold over the next two years? Now is the time to think about that and to discuss how Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) may be able to assist.

May 15, 2018 LEPC meeting topic: The Heroin Problem in Vermont
Meeting time: 5:30 pm, Meeting Place: Westminster State Police Barracks, 1330 Westminster Heights Rd, Westminster, VT

Sergeant Casey Daniell, of the Vermont State Police, will address the heroin problem both locally in Windham County and in the State generally. He will also discuss exposure to responders (danger of fentanyl), and methods for collection or securing of suspected substances. Heroin is and has been a hot topic in the news and this presentation will give more information about both the state of the problem in Vermont and how the Vermont State Police are addressing it.

June 19, 2018 LEPC meeting topic: The Transition of LEPC-6
Meeting time: 12:00 pm, Meeting Place: Brattleboro Retreat (Education Conference Center in the Administration Building), 1 Anna Marsh Lane, Brattleboro, VT

This will be the final meeting organized by Alyssa and the Windham Regional Commission (WRC). This meeting will discuss the plan for the transition of LEPC-6, as well as the new WRC “Emergency Planning Network”. Come learn about how to stay involved going forward.


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 April 2018