The Dane County Board of Supervisors established the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in 1987 in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986. In order to protect the community from harmful and possible life-threatening effects of a hazardous materials release, the LEPC's purpose is to develop policies, procedures, and emergency plans for prevention of and responding to accidental releases of hazardous chemicals.
On October 16, 1986 the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) was signed into law. Title III of this act is also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). This Act is to empower citizens and emergency responders with the Right to Know what chemicals exist in communities where they live and work. It mandated planning for chemical emergencies and established a chain of command to assure that the requirements are met. The LEPC has representatives from specific areas that have knowledge and interests in environmental emergency planning, i.e.; EMS, hospitals, fire, law enforcement, elected officials, industry, public works, media, community groups, etc.
Under EPCRA, the Dane County LEPC is the focal point for chemical emergency response planning and implementation in a community. The LEPC's key responsibilities are:
If you wish to contact an LEPC Member you can do so by contacting David Bursack with Dane County Emergency Management at (608) 266-9051.
For a list of current members please visit the LEPC page on the Dane County Legislative Information Center.
Meetings are held the second Monday in the months of February, June, and October unless otherwise called. All meetings are scheduled from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. and are held at the Madison Water Utility unless otherwise noted.
The agenda for each meeting is posted at the Dane County Clerks Office or it can be viewed on the Dane County Government Legislative Information Center, along with the meeting schedule and meeting minutes.
All Dane County LEPC General Meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend.