Local Emergency Planning Committee
The Northumberland County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was established in accordance with the provisions of the federal Title III, Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 SARA Title III, commonly known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). The Committee was established to implement the provisions of this law within Northumberland County, and subsequently, to carry out the duties specified for Pennsylvania LEPC's in Section 203 of the Pennsylvania Hazardous Material Emergency Planning and Response Act, Act 165 of 1990.
The Northumberland County LEPC is made up of individuals, representing the County's emergency and health services community, County’s industry, elected officials and the County Emergency Management Coordinator.
The primary duties are:
Prepare and coordinate a chemical emergency response plan for all facilities in the County where extremely hazardous substances are present in quantities above a threshold level, as required by SARA Title III, Section 303.
Collect and maintain SARA Section 312 hazardous chemical inventory reports (Tier II reports) for facilities required to submit such reports.
Receive information about reportable accidental chemical releases and ensure that emergency response plans are followed by the responsible facility when responding to such releases.
Assist the County in the preparation of a Hazardous Material Emergency Response Preparedness Assessment.
Collect and deposit into the County Hazardous Material Emergency Response Account all fees and funds received in accordance with the provisions of Northumberland County Ordinance Provide outreach and education to municipalities and the community concerning hazardous materials within the community.