Mark your calendars: the 2019 Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting dates and location have been set! Pierce County LEPC meetings occur on the second Tuesday of every quarter from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 104 of the Fabulich Center—courtesy of the Port of Tacoma—located at 3600 Port of Tacoma Road, Tacoma, WA 98424.
Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) are community-based organizations formed under the authority of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (commonly called EPCRA), a United States federal law.
The purpose of EPCRA is two-fold: (1) to encourage and support emergency planning for responding to hazardous chemical incidents; and (2) to provide local governments and the public with information about chemical hazards in their communities.
To better enable cooperation between industry, interested residents, environmental and other public-interest organizations, and government at all levels, the Act established an ongoing "forum" at the local level: the LEPC. EPCRA also established a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for each state to designate the LEPCs within its territory.
Inventory reporting provides information on the amounts, location, and storage conditions of hazardous chemicals within Pierce County. The purpose of this requirement is to increase public awareness of chemical hazards in our communities and to better inform emergency planning.
Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Section 312, any facility that stores over a certain amount (reporting threshold) of a hazardous chemical must submit a Tier Two report by March 1 each year. Facilities in Washington submit their Tier Two reports online to the Washington State Department of Ecology.
Facilities located in Pierce County, Washington submit their completed Tier Two reports to:
Facilities must also submit completed Tier Two reports to their local fire department or fire district.
*Please note, this email is not monitored 24/7 in real time. For real-time incident reporting, call the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management Duty Officer at 253-798-7470. See the "Spill Reporting" quick link for instructions on initial reporting of spills.
The following volunteers preside over LEPC meetings...
Acting Chair: Todd M. Kilpatrick (Pierce County Department of Emergency Management)
Secretary: Ute Scofield (City of Tacoma Emergency Management)
Training requirement: every member of the governing body of a public agency must complete this training on the Washington State Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) within 90 days of assuming such a role, and at intervals of no more than four years while they remain in that role.