History of the Allegheny County
Local Emergency Planning Committee
Allegheny County Local Emergency Planning Committee
Allegheny County's Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for SARA Title III (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986), was established by the Board of Commissioners in 1987, committing one million dollars of county funds to create, train and equip five (5) Hazardous Materials teams to respond to and mitigate the effects of toxic releases on the citizens of Allegheny County. The Commissioners' foresight and commitment to this Emergency Management initiative affords the citizens of Allegheny County a level of public health and safety services that is second-to-none in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The 60-member LEPC meets on a regular basis to establish policy and direction to achieve overall program goals. This dynamic planning group is broad-based and is representative of the community at large. This innovative initiative, which brings together diverse groups (public/private partnerships) to achieve consensus in planning and problem solving, is a prime example of good government at work.
In compliance with Governor Casey's Executive Order 1987-8, the Allegheny County Board of Commissioners created the Allegheny County Local Emergency Planning Committee in November 1987 to be co-located with Allegheny County Emergency Management, the Board of Commissioners' Chairman is a member of the LEPC, and the Emergency Management Coordinator is the co-chair. The committee meets on a regular basis, abiding by the provisions of the Sunshine Act, and conforming to the requirements as set forth in section 203 of the PA Hazardous Materials Planning and Response Act 165 of 1990.
Of paramount importance to the Allegheny County LEPC, is the review and processing of emergency response plans for all SARA Title III facilities located within the County. The Allegheny County Emergency Management Office is a depository for all SARA Title III information and is located at 400 North Lexington Street, in Pittsburgh's North Point Breeze area.
In addition to regularly scheduled monthly meetings, there are five (5) working sub-committees: Legal/Finance; Planning/Mitigation; Public Safety; Medical/Health; and Public Information/Community Relations. The sub-committees meet on a regular basis to review components of facility plans and assess overall hazardous materials emergency planning and response program capabilities and compliance.
In addition to planning, the LEPC participates in training, exercises and public information programs. Written by-laws and a "Conflict of Interest" policy govern the LEPC to ensure compliance with the provisions of Federal and Commonwealth law. The LEPC also abides by policies, regulations and procedures as established by the Allegheny County Board of Commissioners.