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Local Emergency Planning Committee

Many of the chemicals, solvents, and other substances used every day in industry, farming, household cleaning, and even for purifying our drinking water can pose a potential hazard. When used properly, and stored safely, we seldom hear of a problem. However, accidents, fires and unforeseen circumstances do happen.

The mission of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is to protect the community from harmful and possibly life-threatening effects of a hazardous materials release by developing and implementing policies and procedures for complying with the Emergency Planning and Right-to-Know Act ( EPCRA ), Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA Title III).

The Greenville County LEPC strives to develop emergency plans to educate, communicate, and protect the local community in case of a hazardous materials emergency. The LEPC also collects inventories of regulated chemicals each year. The role of the LEPC is to form partnerships with local industries and governments as a resource for enhancing hazardous materials preparedness. Members of the LEPC come from the local business and citizen community and are familiar with environmental and public safety issues. The LEPC also plays a role in community education, providing information regarding citizen response to hazardous materials incidents, health and environmental planning, and environmental risks.