The California SERC established Six Emergency Planning Districts having the same boundaries as the Mutual Aid Regions. The SERC appointed an LEPC for each planning district and supervises and coordinates their activities.
Within their region, the LEPCs carry out community right-to-know requirements of EPCRA. They provide a forum for emergency management agencies, responders, industry and the public to work together to evaluate, understand, train about, coordinate and communicate chemical hazards in the community and develop regional hazmat emergency plans. The Plans are reviewed annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens, government agencies and emergency responders. Plans are developed with stakeholder participation.
The LEPC membership must include (at a minimum):
- Elected state and local officials
- Police, fire, civil defense, and public health professionals
- Environment, transportation, and hospital officials
- Facility representatives
- Representatives from community groups and the media
Cal OES Regional staff are assigned to assist LEPCs as liaisons.
To facilitate EPCRA decision-making at the most practical Administering level, ie. for most effective public protection, the SERC has delegated some EPCRA requirements based on the long-standing structure of California’s hazardous material program. Thus, emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms, and MSDSs are submitted to the Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs) instead of the SERC. It is the CUPAs, therefore, that respond to public inquiries regarding business inventories. Immediate notice and follow-up reports (Section 304 reports) regarding hazardous material releases are submitted to both the CUPAs and Cal OES, and are available upon requests.
CUPAs prepare local Area Plans for hazmat emergencies based on the inventories and MSDSs information. These plans form the basis for the regional emergency plans developed and updated annually by the LEPCs. CUPAs are represented on the SERC and on the LEPCs.
You can make a difference in attending an LEPC meeting or by joining your LEPC.
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State Statute and Regulation:
Statute: Health and Safety Code, Chapter 6.95, Article 1.
Regulation: Title 19, California Code of Regulations, Section 2720 et. seq.
Federal Related Statute: United States Code, Title 42, Section 11001 et. seq.