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Introduction

The California State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) established Six Emergency Planning Districts having the same boundaries as the six Mutual Aid Regions. The SERC appointed a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for each planning district and supervises and coordinates their activities.

Within their region, the LEPCs carry out community right-to-know requirements of the  Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (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 hazmat emergency plans, which 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 the SERC has delegated some EPCRA requirements based on the long-standing structure of California's hazardous material program consolidated within the Unified Program.  Thus, emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms, and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are submitted to the Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs) instead of the SERC/LEPCs.  It is the CUPAs, therefore, that respond to public inquiries regarding business inventories. Immediate notice and follow-up reports (Section 304) regarding hazardous material releases are submitted to both the CUPAs and Cal OES, and are available upon request. For more information regarding a Public Records Act (PRA) request, visit the Cal OES Public Records Request webpage.

CUPAs prepare local Area Plans for hazmat emergencies based on the inventories and SDS information. 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.

 

SDS/Tier II

The federal equivalent to the Business Plan program is the EPCRA 311/312 reporting requirements. Owners and operators are required to prepare and have available Safety Data Sheets (SDS) under the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard and must submit an inventory of their hazardous chemicals to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Preparedness Committee (LEPC), and the local fire department annually on March 1st. This requirement is achieved through compliance with the Business Plan program. Contact your local CUPA for compliance and questions.

 

LEPC Contact Information

Brian Abeel, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator
Hazardous Materials
Phone: (916) 845-8768 / FAX: (916) 845-8734
brian.abeel@caloes.ca.gov

​LEPC Contacts / Cal OES Liaison

HMEP Grant Administrator: Erika Olsen (916) 845-8765; erika.olsen@caloes.ca.gov

CSTI Training Liaison: Jacob Volkov (805) 549-3203, jacob.volkov@caloes.ca.gov

 

*LEPC Regions Map*

*LEPC Meeting Schedule* - Meeting information subject to change. See contacts below for further info.

Click here for a link to the printed version of LEPC contacts (Updated 8/10/2017)

 

​Chair

​Cal OES Liaison

Region I

Jack Fry
LA City Fire Captain II
1601 S. Grand Avenue
San Pedro, CA 90731
Office Phone: (310) 548-7548
E-mail: jack.fry@lacity.org

Region I

Jeanne Garcia
Cal OES, Southern Region
4671 Liberty Avenue, Bldg. 283
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Office Phone: (562) 795-2935
E-mail: jeanne.garcia@caloes.ca.gov

Region II

Lisa Baker
Oakland Fire Department
150 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
Office Phone: (510) 238-6726
Cell Phone: (510) 755-5807
E-mail: lbaker@oaklandnet.com

Region II

Nancy Smith
Cal OES, Southern Region
30 Van Ness Ave, Ste 3300
San Francisco, CA 94102
Office Phone: (510) 520-3057
E-mail: nancy.smith@caloes.ca.gov

​Region III

William Fuller
Yuba City Fire Department
824 Clark Avenue
Yuba City, CA 95991
Office Phone: (530) 822-4809
E-mail: wfuller@yubacity.net

​Region III

Robert Goyeneche
Cal OES, Inland Region
806 S. main Street
Yreka, CA 96097
Cell Phone: (916) 694-9906
E-mail: robert.goveneche@caloes.ca.gov

​Region IV

Jerry Apodaca
Sacramento Fire Department
5770 Freeport Blvd, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95822
Office Phone: (916) 808-1693
E-mail: japodaca@sacfire.org

Region IV

Dana Eliis
Cal OES, Inland Region (Central)
630 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95811
Office Phone: (916) 657-9372
E-mail: dana.ellis@caloes.ca.gov

​Region V

Michael Wilkinson
Merced Fire Department
99 East 16th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Office Phone: (209) 628-5232
E-mail: WilkinsonM@cityofmerced.org

​Region V

Patti Tran
Cal OES, Inland Region
630 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95811
Cell Phone: (916) 709-3497
E-mail: patti.tran@caloes.ca.gov

​Region VI

Stephen Mayville
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region, Retired
Cell Phone: (714) 614-8814
E-mail: sdm0218@roadrunner.com

​Region VI

Yolande Love
Cal OES, Southern Region
4671 Liberty Avenue, Bldg. 283
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Office Phone: (562) 795-2904
E-mail:  yolande.love@caloes.ca.gov

 

For Individual LEPC Websites click on one of the links below:

LEPC I       LEPC II       LEPC III       LEPC IV       LEPC V       LEPC VI

 

 

LEPC Contacts / Cal OES Liaisonshttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/LEPC Contacts.pdfLEPC Contacts / Cal OES LiaisonsLEPC Contact ListingHazMat - LEPC - Documents8/15/2017 8:04:02 PM
LEPC Mission Statement 110590http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/LEPC Mission Statement 110590.pdfLEPC Mission Statement 110590LEPC Mission Statement November 1990HazMat - LEPC - Documents1/18/2017 6:57:45 PM
LEPC Nominations Formhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/LEPC Nominations Form.pdfLEPC Nominations FormForm for nominations to the LEPC as required by SARA Title III (EPCRA 1986), Section 301 (c) HazMat - LEPC - Documents2/18/2016 6:05:31 PM
LEPCs Meeting Schedulehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/LEPCs Meeting Schedule.pdfLEPCs Meeting ScheduleHazMat - LEPC - Documents11/7/2017 1:58:27 AM

​LEPC Regional HazMat Planning Project

LAW
Regional hazardous materials emergency planning is required under the 1986 federal law, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Pursuant to EPCRA (USC 42 Section 11001), the governor of each state appointed a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) that designated local emergency planning districts and appointed Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC). In California, these districts are the same as the six mutual aid regions and each contain a LEPC. The California SERC supervises and coordinates the activities of all six LEPCs, including the requirement to develop and maintain a regional hazardous materials emergency plan (USC 42 Section 11003). The SERC reviews each LEPC regional hazardous material emergency plan and make recommendations to each LEPC on revisions of the plan that may be necessary to ensure coordination of such plan with plans of other LEPCs.

PROJECT
In June 2014, on behalf of the SERC, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) contracted with the Center of Collaborative Policy (CCP), California State University of Sacramento, and initiated the multi-phased process to assist each LEPC develop their plan.

Phase 1 of this project was completed in September 2014 and included: a detailed review and assessment of the available literature on hazardous materials emergency planning; interviews and meetings with key stakeholders; a workshop that provided feedback and recommendations; and, a recommended work plan and governance structure for the remaining phases of the project.

Significant findings from Phase 1 included:

  • The SERC is in a unique position to provide essential leadership, resources, and guidance.
  • Statewide, consistent standards, with some degree of local flexibility, are needed.
  • Predictable, reliable funding for regional hazardous materials emergency planning and for the effective functioning of LEPCs is critical.
  • The authorities, roles, and requirements of the many confusing and overlapping hazardous materials plans need to be clarified.
  • There is a need for useful, functional guidance, tools, or templates for preparing and updating LEPC regional hazardous materials emergency plans.

 

Project’s next major steps:

  • Form an advisory group of key stakeholders, as a "Core Planning Team"’.
  • Develop a model template, guidance, toolkit, or other type of planning product that can provide needed assistance and guidance for regional hazardous materials emergency planning.
  • Hold workshops throughout the state to obtain feedback on the planning products.
  • Apply the prototype planning product to a regional hazardous materials emergency plan in a pilot test.

 

Phase 2 of the project was initiated in October 2014 and completed in September 2015. It comprised of: further stakeholder engagement and interviews; workgroup and subgroup meetings; creating guidance, template, and process for regional hazardous materials intergovernmental planning; and “pilot” testing the products and process by working with LEPC III to develop their plan.

The guidance, which includes the template and a crosswalk planning tool, incorporates all shared perspectives by stakeholders at workshops and meetings in efforts to create a standardized document relevant to the LEPC regions for the development and maintenance of their plans.

Cal OES, CCP and LEPC III participants utilizing the guidance assembled a draft plan. Due to time constraints, a "gaps" tracking tool to accompany the draft plan was developed documenting the needed steps for the future to refine and fully complete their plan. Comments received after the end of the pilot test will be addressed in Phase 3.

Based on the “pilot” test results, updates and refinements to the guidance were completed to improve the document. And, future amendments, while working with the remaining LEPCs, will continue as the need arises.

Phase 3 is anticipated to start in late spring or early summer 2016. The project’s next major steps:

  • Refine and fully complete LEPC III’s plan.
  • Update the guidance as needed.
  • Begin a scheduled process to work with and assist the remaining LEPCs in the development of their plans.
  • Develop a process to update all LEPC plans on a regular basis.
  • Brief the SERC on the project.

 

For more information regarding LEPC Regional HazMat Planning Project, contact:
Brian Abeel, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator
Phone: (916) 845-8768 / Email: brian.abeel@caloes.ca.gov

 

 

LEPC Activity Guidehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Activities Guide_Dec2014_FINAL.pdfLEPC Activity GuideLEPC Activity Guide for Local Emergency Planning Committees - December 2014HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 13/8/2016 3:52:04 PM
California HazMat Document Reviewhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Document Review 092914.pdfCalifornia HazMat Document ReviewCalifornia Hazardous Materials Regional Planning Project Document Review - May 2014HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 13/8/2016 3:52:20 PM
Gap Analysis Work Planhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Gap Analysis WrkPlan HazMat final draft to OES 9 29 14.pdfGap Analysis Work PlanCalifornia Hazardous Materials Regional Planning Project: Phase I Stakeholder Findings, Gap Analysis, Next Steps and Work Plan - September 2014HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 13/8/2016 3:52:38 PM
California HazMat Regional Project Summaryhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/HazMat Planning Project Summary One Pager 20140929.pdfCalifornia HazMat Regional Project SummaryOne Page Summary of the Cal OES California Hazardous Materials Regional Planning Porject - September 2014HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 13/8/2016 3:52:54 PM
Los Angeles Mass Care Guidancehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/LAOA_Mass_Care_Guide_DEC2010.pdfLos Angeles Mass Care GuidanceLos Angeles Operational Area Mass Care Guidance for Emergency Planners - December 2010HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 13/8/2016 3:53:08 PM
California HazMat Regional Planning Projecthttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/OES-HazMat Project Overview Presentation.pdfCalifornia HazMat Regional Planning ProjectCal OES California Hazardous Materials Regional Planning Project - December 2014HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 13/8/2016 3:53:49 PM
Cal OES HazMat Regional Workshop Summaryhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/OES-HazMat Workshop 9-10-14 Summary 9-26-14.pdfCal OES HazMat Regional Workshop SummaryCal OES Hazardous Materials: Regional Planning Project Workshop Summary - September 2014HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 13/8/2016 3:54:09 PM
Region 6 LEPC Handbookhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/REGION 6 LEPC Handbook -- July 1, 2014.pdfRegion 6 LEPC HandbookU.S. EPA Region 6 Local Emergency Planning Committee Handbook - June 2014HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 13/8/2016 3:54:25 PM
Texas LEPC Primerhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/lepc_handbook_texas_07262006.pdfTexas LEPC PrimerTexas Local Emergency Planning Committee Guide for Local Planning for Hazardous Materials - July 2006HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 13/8/2016 3:53:31 PM
Core Planning Team Meeting 1 Summaryhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/CPT Meeting 1 Summary.pdfCore Planning Team Meeting 1 Summary1st CPT Meeting Summary for developing the guidance, template, and crosswalk for LEPC Regional HazMat Emergency Plans - January 2015HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 23/8/2016 11:42:12 PM
Core Planning Team Meeting 2 Summaryhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/CPT Meeting 2 Summary.pdfCore Planning Team Meeting 2 Summary2nd CPT Meeting Summary for developing the guidance, template, and crosswalk for LEPC Regional HazMat Emergency Plans - March 2015HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 23/8/2016 10:35:56 PM
Core Planning Team Meeting 3 Summaryhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/CPT Meeting 3 Summary.pdfCore Planning Team Meeting 3 Summary3rd CPT Meeting Summary for developing the guidance, template, and crosswalk for LEPC Regional HazMat Emergency Plans - April 2015HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 23/8/2016 10:36:27 PM
Core Planning Team Regional Plans Charterhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/CPT Regional Plans Charter.pdfCore Planning Team Regional Plans CharterOutlines the mission, goals, approach, decision making, and guiding principles of the CPT process - January 2015HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 23/8/2016 11:28:17 PM
CrossWalk Tablehttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/CrossWalk Table.pdfCrossWalk TableList of plans to evaluate, both for ensuring that the LEPC Plan complements and augments existing plans and for obtaining information that is needed to develop the LEPC Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Plan - August 2015HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 23/8/2016 11:28:31 PM
Draft LEPC Guidance-Template with Workbook Referenceshttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Draft LEPC Guidance-Template with Workbook References.pdfDraft LEPC Guidance-Template with Workbook ReferencesSeptember 2015HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 23/8/2016 11:28:47 PM
Draft LEPC III HazMat Regional Plan Attachmentshttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Draft LEPC III HazMat Regional Plan-Attachments.pdfDraft LEPC III HazMat Regional Plan AttachmentsSeptember 2015HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 23/8/2016 11:44:53 PM
Draft LEPC III HazMat Regional Planhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Draft LEPC III HazMat Regional Plan.pdfDraft LEPC III HazMat Regional PlanSeptember 2015HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 23/8/2016 11:29:19 PM
Notes, Ideas, and Comparisons of LEPC Regional HazMat Plan Guidance Documentshttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Notes, Ideas, and Comparisons of LEPC Regional HazMat Plan Guidance Documents.pdfNotes, Ideas, and Comparisons of LEPC Regional HazMat Plan Guidance DocumentsDocument to generate ideas and discussion about the LEPC Regional HazMat Planning Guidance development - January 2015HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 23/8/2016 11:29:37 PM
Project Phase 2 Summary Presentationhttp://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Project Summary, Next Steps.pdfProject Phase 2 Summary PresentationProject summary, next steps slides - September 2015HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 23/8/2016 11:30:07 PM
Region III Plan Gaps Table http://www.caloes.ca.gov/FireRescueSite/Documents/Region III Plan Gaps Table.pdfRegion III Plan Gaps Table Actions still needed - August 2015HazMat - LEPC - Planning Project - Phase 23/8/2016 11:30:33 PM

 

 

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