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WAHKIAKUM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

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795-3911 or 1-877-795-3910

 

 

 

What Is L.E.P.C. and What Does It Do?

L.E.P.C. (Local Emergency Planning Committees) are appointed by the State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs). LEPCs consist of representatives of all of the following groups and organizations:

Elected and local officials
Law Enforcement
Civil Defense Local Environmental Agencies
Hospitals Community Groups

Firefighting
First Aid
Health Local Transportation Agencies
Broadcast and Print Media

 

In addition to the above, representatives of facilities subject to the emergency planning and community right-to-know requirements must be represented as part of the LEPC.

The LEPCs initial task is to develop an emergency plan to prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies. EPA's list of extremely hazardous substances may provide a focus for setting priorities in the planning effort. The plan is required to be completed by October 17, 1988. But that was only the beginning. The plan must be reviewed annually, tested, and updated. Because the LEPC's members represent the community, they should be familiar with factors that affect public safety, the environment, and the economy of the community. That expertise will be essential as the LEPC develops a plan tailored to the needs of its planning district.

An emergency plan must include the identity and location of hazardous materials, procedures for immediate response to a chemical accident; ways to notify the public about actions they must take; names of coordinators at plants; and schedules and plans for testing the plan. Once the plan is written, the SERC must review it. The LEPC must publicize the plan through the public meetings or newspaper announcements, get public comments, and periodically test the plan by conducting emergency drills. The LEPC must also update the plan at least annually and let the public know of its activities.

The LEPC has other responsibilities besides developing an emergency response plan. It receives emergency releases and hazardous chemical inventory information submitted by local facilities, and must make this information available to the public upon request. It must establish and publicize procedures for handling these requests.

LEPCs have the authority to request additional information from facilities for their own planning purposes or on behalf of others. LEPCs may want to visit facilities in the community to find out what they are doing to reduce hazards, prepare for accidents, and reduce hazardous inventories and releases. LEPCs can take civil actions against facilities if they fail to provide the information required under the Act. In addition to its formal responsibilities, the LEPC serves as a focal point in the community for value of the information provided by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act will be limited unless citizens are given the means to understand the information and its implications. The LEPC's ability to improve the safety and health of its community will be greatly enhanced, by the support of an informed and active citizenry.

 

 

Wahkiakum County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

 -  Meeting Materials  -

Description
Item attached

Regular Meeting 7-31-2014

Complete Meeting Packet

Regular Meeting 10-30-2014

Complete Meeting Packet

Special Meeting 11/17/2014

Complete Meeting Packet

 Regular Meeting 01/29/2015

Public Notice

2015-1-30 LEPC agenda

22 ESF 10 - Oil and Hazardous Materials Response

ESF 10 Attachments

LEPC Minutes 2014-7-31

LEPC Minutes 2014-10-30

LEPC Minutes 2014-11-17

LEPC Roster 1-26-2015

Regular Meeting 04/30/2015

Public Notice

2015-4-230 LEPC Agenda

LEPC Roster

Draft LEPS Minutes 1-29-2015

HMEP Grant Application

Draft ESF 10

Regular Meeting 07/30/2015

Public Notice

2015-7-30 LEPC Agenda

LEPC Roster 07-30-2015

Draft LEPS Minutes 1-29-2015

HMEP Grant Application

Draft ESF 10

Regular Meeting 10/29/2015

Public Notice

Complete Meeting Packet

Regular Meeting 12/30/2015 - CANCLED

Public Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE CANCELATION 12-30-2015

Regular Meeting 1/20/2016

PUBLIC NOTICE 2016 MEETINGS ALL

2016 1-20-2016 Agenda

Regular Meeting 3/31/2016

Meeting Packet

PUBLIC NOTICE 2016 MEETINGS ALL

Regular Meeting 6/30/2016

PUBLIC NOTICE 2016 MEETINGS ALL

Meeting Packet 2016 6-30-2016

Regular Meeting 9/29/2016

PUBLIC NOTICE 2016 MEETINGS ALL

Complete Meeting Packet

Regular Meeting 12/29/2016
 Rescheduled for 1/12/17
Regular Meeting 01-12-2017

LEPC Public notice 2017 all

Time Change 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Meeting Packet

Regular Meeting 03-30-2017

LEPC Public notice 2017 all

LEPC Meeting PKT 3-30-17

 

Regular Meeting 06/29/2017

LEPC Public notice 2017 all

LEPC MEETING CANCELATION 6-15-2017

Regular Meeting 08/31/2017

LEPC Public notice 2017 all

Meeting Packet 8-31-2017

Regular Meeting 11/30/2017
LEPC Public notice 2017 all

Regular public meetings are held on the 5th Thursday of each month that contains a 5th Thursday at 6:00pm in the Wahkiakum County Court House (64 Main Street, Cathlamet WA) Board of County Commissioners meeting room.

 

Wahkiakum County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

-  Membership Roster  -

Position representing
Name
End of 2 year term
Local Elected Officials
Commissioner - Dan Cothren

06/03/2018

Law Enforcement
Detective - Mike Balch
06/03/2018
Emergency Management
D. E. M. - Beau Renfro
06/03/2018
Fire fighting
First aid
Asst. Chief - Kevin Maki
06/03/2018
Health profession
Directer - Sue Cameron
1/29/2017
Hospital
N/A
N/A
Transportation personnel
Director - Chuck Beyer

01/20/2018

Broadcast and print media
Reporter - Rick Nelson
01/20/2018
Owners and operators of facilities subject to the requirements of EPCRA (EPCRA - Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, synonymous with SARA Title III)
Superintendent - Duncan Cruickshank
01/20/2018
Washington State Patrol (Optional)
Sergeant - Brad Moon
1/29/2017
Citizen at Large (Optional)
Sandi Benbrook Reder
1/122019
Cost Guard
Vacant

 

If you would like to be considered for one of the open positions contact Beau Renfro at the contact information below.

For more information regarding the Wahkiakum County LEPC please contact:

Beau Renfro, DEM Coordinator

East end: 795-7876

West end: 465-2200

Cell : (360) 957- 3724

Mail: P.O. Box 65, Cathlamet, WA 98612

Fax: (360) 795-3145

E-mail: renfrob@co.wahkiakum.wa.us

Website: http://www.co.wahkiakum.wa.us/dem.html

 


 

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