SAGADAHOC COUNTY LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE 

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Sagadahoc County LEPC Executive Officers:

Ron Vachon, Chairperson
John Starbird,
Vice Chairperson
Sarah Bennett, Treasurer/Emergency Coordinator
Hannah Dickinson, Secretary 

Ron Vachon Chairperson     John Starbird Vice Chairperson     Sarah Bennett Treasurer     Hannah Dickinson Secretary
                                                                Ron Vachon          John Starbird           Sarah Bennett            Hannah Dickinson

About Sagadahoc County LEPC

Authorized by Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), the Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) was enacted by Congress as the national legislation on community safety. This law is designed to help local communities protect public health, safety, and the environment from chemical hazards.

To implement EPCRA, Congress requires each state to appoint a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). The SERCs are required to divide their states into Emergency Planning Districts and to name a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for each district.

It is the goal of the Sagadahoc County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to increase awareness of and take proactive preparedness and preventive measures to protect those who live, work, and visit the County from hazardous materials known to exist in our communities. Created by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986, the LEPC provides support in several ways:

  • Receive, review and process Tier II chemical reports submitted by local facilities who store hazardous substances
  • Provide planning support and technical assistance to local reporting facilities
  • Coordinate and host awareness and operations trainings for first responders and facility representatives
  • Attend public safety events to answer questions and provide resources
  • Keep community members informed of the hazardous chemicals located throughout the County, provide education, and share important Right-To-Know resources

The LEPC serves in an advisory capacity and reports to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).  In Maine the SERC is the enforcing body for all Tier II facility reporting. More Information about the SERC can be found here.

LEPC Organization and Membership
The LEPC membership must include (at a minimum) the following voting members:

  • Elected state and local officials
  • Police, fire, emergency management, and public health professionals
  • Environment, transportation, and hospital officials
  • Facility representatives
  • Representatives from community groups and the media
Click here to view the Sagadahoc County LEPC Bylaws.


Click here to review the Sagadahoc County LEPC Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan – 2022

Click here to review the most current list of Tier II reports filed by reporting facilities in Sagadahoc County

Click here to review the 2022 EPA Consolidated List of Lists

The training video below aims to raise awareness of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) to new generations of planners and responders, state, tribal and local political officials, emergency management leadership and the public. It presents a basic level of understanding of the roles and requirements of EPCRA to maintain effective participation to protect communities from chemical accidents.


LEPC Meetings, Agendas and Minutes
All meetings of the LEPC are public and community members are welcome to attend. To join an upcoming meeting, or to learn more about becoming a member of the Sagadahoc County LEPC, contact Sagadahoc County EMA Director Sarah Bennett.   Please fill out and send back this application if you are interested in membership.

The Sagadahoc County LEPC will post the meeting dates for the current year, along with the agenda and minutes for two calendar years. For older documents please contact Sagadahoc County Emergency Management to request this information.

LEPC Agendas and Minutes
March 4th, 2021 Agenda and Meeting Minutes
June 3rd, 2021 Agenda and Meeting Minutes
September 2nd, 2021 Agenda and Meeting Minutes
December 2nd, 2021 Agenda and Meeting Minutes
March 3rd, 2022 Agenda and Meeting Minutes
June 2nd, 2022  Agenda and Meeting Minutes
September 1st, 2022 Agenda and  Meeting Minutes
November 3rd, 2022 Agenda and Meeting Minutes
January 5th, 2023 Agenda and Meeting Minutes
March 2nd, 2023 Agenda and Meeting Minutes
May 4th, 2023 Agenda and Meeting Minutes
July 13th, 2023 Agenda and Meeting Minutes
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LEPC Reporting and Presentations
Presentation to SERC January 14th 2020
Presentation to SERC January 18th, 2022
Semi Annual Report October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021
Semi Annual Report October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022
Semi Annual Report April 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022
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SERC Meetings and Minutes: https://www.maine.gov/mema/maine-prepares/plans-trainings-exercises/serc/about/meetings-minutes


October 11th HAZMAT Incident in Woolwich