Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Mailing:
406 Craven Street
New Bern, NC 28560
Director: Stanley L. Kite
E-mail:
skite@cravencountync.gov

Phone: (252) 636-6608
Fax: (252) 636-6655
Physical:
411 Craven Street
New Bern, NC 28560

The Craven-Pamlico Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is organized under the auspices of the County Board of Commissioners, and it activities are in accordance with, but not limited to, Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA).

It is an organization of industrial, governmental and citizens member groups whose purpose is to provide a forum in which the local community and facilities can discuss issues related to hazardous substances, man-made and natural hazards or emergencies.  additionally, the LEPC works closely with Emergency Management and all response agencies to fulfill the tasks as outlined below on an ongoing basis.

  • Establish procedures for reviewing and processing requests from the public for information under the Community Right-To-Know Act (Section 324) of known chemical storage and hazards in the community.
  • Develop emergency response procedures for emergency response personnel.
  • Develop a chemical hazard/risk analysis of the community as a whole.
  • Identify private/public sector resource available to deal with natural and man-made emergencies.
  • identify private/public sector resources available to deal with hazardous material emergencies.
  • Review Emergency Response Plans
  • Exercise emergency response plans and update them accordingly.

Meetings of the LEPC

Regular meetings of the LEPC are on the third Thursday of February, May, August and November at 9;00 AM at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at 411 Craven Street New Bern NC. All meetings of the LEPC are open to the public. If you would like to attend, please contact the Administrative Assistant at Emergency Services at 252-636-6608 for details.


The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act

On December 4, 1984, methyl isocyanate, an extreme toxic chemical escaped from a Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India. Thousands died and many more were injured. Some suffered permanent disabilities. Approximately six months later, a similar incident occurred at the Institute, West Virginia. These two events raised concern about local preparedness for chemical emergencies and the availability of information on hazardous chemicals.

in response to these concerns, Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to Know Act (EPCRA) in 1986. EPCRA establishes requirements for Federal, State and Local governments, Indian tribes, and industry regarding emergency planning  and "Community Right-to-Know" reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals. The Community Right-to-Know provisions help increase public's knowledge and access to information on chemicals at individual facilities, their uses, and releases into the environment. State and communities, working with facilities, can use the information to improve chemical safety and protect health and the environment. Learn more..


Tier II Reporting Requirements

Craven County works with it's local commercial businesses and industries to allow proper and effective reporting of hazardous chemicals manufactured or stored at facilities across the county.

The Craven Pamlico Local Emergency Planning Committee still requires hard copies of the Tier II reports and facilities Contingency Plans be sent to Emergency Management and to the local first responders. Businesses can use the E-Plan to fulfill their reporting requirements.

North Carolina implemented in 2014 a Tier II reporting fee. Information on this and other questions can be found at the State Tier II website. The website provides information on how to register, report and pay filing fees.


** PUBLIC NOTICE **

In Accordance with Section 324 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right -to -Know Act, also known as SARA Title II (Superfund Amendments and Re-authorization Act of 1986, Pl99-499) requires public notice at least once annually informing the public of the means to access information about extremely hazardous substances that are manufactured, stored and used within their community. 

Accordingly, access to information concerning LEPC meetings, SARA Title III hazardous materials planning, safety data sheets (SDS), and hazardous chemical inventory forms can be requested during normal business hours by contacting Emergency Services at 252-636-6608.


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