SAGADAHOC COUNTY LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE
Ron Vachon, Chairperson
John Starbird, Vice Chairperson
Sarah Bennett, Treasurer/Emergency Coordinator
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 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.
SERC Meetings and Minutes: https://www.maine.gov/mema/maine-prepares/plans-trainings-exercises/serc/about/meetings-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.
Please use the search bar below or click on the categories to see our LEPC Agendas, Minutes and our LEPC Reports and Presentations
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