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Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 is a US federal law concerned with emergency response preparedness. It is a free-standing law commonly known as SARA Title III (Superfund Amendments and Re-authorization Act). The Right-to-Know Act calls for local governments and municipalities to create Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC). LEPCs are governmental committees, generally at the parish or municipal level, within the United States. They do not function in actual emergency situations, such as the police and fire departments. Under the Right-to-Know Act the LEPC has four primary responsibilities: write emergency pans to protect the public from chemical accidents; establish procedures to warn and, if necessary, evacuate the public in case of an emergency; provide citizens and local governments with information about hazardous chemicals and accidental releases of chemicals in their communities; and assist in the preparation of public reports on annual release of toxic chemicals into the air, water, and soil.

The West Baton Rouge Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was formed in 1986 in result of Federal Law. This law is known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as Sara Title III. This law requires that communities around the country set up Local Emergency Planning Committees to develop plans for responding to chemical emergencies. It requires certain manufacturing and other facilities to submit information about the chemicals they use, store and emit into the environment. Under the law you are guaranteed the right to information about chemicals in your area. EPRCA is based on the idea of working partnerships. All parts of the community join forces to ensure "Right-To-Know".
The Local Emergency Planning Committee is composed of representatives of various state and local officials, police, fire, EMS, public health, hospitals, private industry, Office of Emergency Management as well as representatives of facilities subject to the emergency planning requirements, members of the community and the media. The Local Emergency Planning Committee must establish rules regarding, give public access and establish procedures for handling public requests for information. Additionally, the Local Emergency Planning Committee must designate an emergency coordinator to receive emergency release notifications. The Local Emergency Planning Committee's primary responsibility is to develop an emergency response plan . In developing this plan, available recourses are evaluated for preparing for and responding to a potential chemical accident. Our Local Emergency Planning Committee takes these responsibilities a step further and plans for all emergencies man-made or natural.




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