Local Emergency Planning Committees
In May 1987, pursuant to Section 22a-601(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes (CGS), the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) designated local planning districts by notifying the Chief Elected Official in each municipality that each municipality was designated as a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Since that time, many municipalities have joined together to form regional emergency planning committees or may have even become inactive.
Roles and Responsibilities
The LEPC has many responsibilities, mandates, and deadlines. The SERC has adopted guidance for LEPCs Roles and Responsibilities (PDF). This guidance is designed to assist LEPCs in defining and/or clarifying their specific responsibilities as they relate to Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). It should be noted that the federal and state mandates must be carried out either at the local level or at the regional level.
Revitalizing a LEPC
Many LEPCs may need assistance in revitalizing their committees. The SERC has published guidance that includes forms such as invite letters, agenda formats and bylaw language to assist LEPCs in their revitalize efforts.
Since 1987, many municipalities have joined together to form regional emergency planning committees. Currently, the SERC supports sixty-two (62) municipalities (PDF) organized into five (5) regional districts (PDF) and 107 local districts, refer to the Connecticut Regional and Local Emergency Planning Committee map (PDF). The SERC supports any efforts made towards LEPC regionalization and expects the Regional Chairperson to work with municipalities and their existing LEPC Chairs to ensure that all roles and responsibilities are met. The SERC recommends the LEPC Regional Boundary Policy (PDF) be taken into consideration for a LEPC to join a Regional Emergency Planning Committee. Below are examples of two separate regions bylaws illustrating their roles and responsibilities in terms of emergency preparedness and information.
- Capitol Region Emergency Planning Committee Bylaws (PDF), as amended September 20, 2007
- New Haven Special Hazards Team (NHASH) Bylaws(PDF), as amended February 9, 2006
The SERC maintains the official LEPC Chairperson database (PDF) and provides this information to the public, industry, federal agencies, state agencies and other states. If your city/town does not appear on this list, your municipality may not be active or has not provided the SERC with the contact information. The First Selectman, Town Manager, or Town CEO is required to notify the SERC by providing written list of names of any new members including their title, mailing address, phone and fax numbers. It is very important that LEPC memberships especially the Chairperson are kept current and that the SERC is kept apprised of all membership changes. When changes occur, please submit the Notification of Change for LEPC Chairpersons' Contact Information Form - Word Form | PDF
LEPC members should work with regulated facilities, as well as the other emergency preparedness and response town officials, to ensure the town/city local emergency plan is compatible with their facility plan. In addition, the regulated facility shall provide the information obtained below from the activities to the LEPC, the Fire Department with jurisdiction over the facility, and the SERC. Regulated facilities are required to undertake and submit the following:
Identify a facility emergency coordinator;
Provide material safety data sheets (MSDS) or a list of hazardous chemicals;
Report hazmat inventories annually on a Chemical Inventory Report Form (Tier II);
Notify officials of incidents;
Allow local fire departments to conduct on-site inspections of hazmat facilities; and,
Submit Toxic Release Inventory Report (TRI) of chemicals released.