LEPC

The Pasquotank-Camden Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a team of appointed representatives established for the purpose of hazardous materials planning and chemical risk assessment. 

The LEPC consists of representatives from government, industry, police, fire, emergency medical services, hospitals, the media, environmental and community groups, and citizens. The LEPC is established pursuant to the  requirements of the 1986 Federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III, also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). They ensure the local hazard analysis adequately addresses hazmat incidents and incorporates planning for hazmat incidents into the local emergency management plan. This includes assessing and developing hazmat response capability using local resources and/or mutual aid; training responders; and exercising the plan.

The LEPC also collects information from local facilities that use, store or manufacture chemicals.

Facilities subject to SARA Title III, Sections 302-303 or 311-312, must file annual reports with the LEPC.

Pasquotank-Camden LEPC accesses the E-Plan for Tier II Reports.

 

Pasquotank-Camden LEPC Mailing Address:

Pasquotank-Camden LEPC c/o
Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management
200 E. Colonial Avenue
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Phone – 252-335-4444

 

 

EPCRA Request and Homeland Security

The LEPC recognizes and respects the community’s right to know what chemicals are within their areas, but also recognizes the need to be vigilant to the threats to homeland security. Therefore, the Information and Community Emergency Coordinator will make every conceivable effort to fulfill each and every community right to know requests while also weighing facilities security and homeland security issues.

 

Requesting Information

Any person that lives or works within Pasquotank or Camden County may file a community right to know request with the Information and Community Emergency Coordinator. This request must be made in writing, preferably on company letterhead, and must contain the following information:

      a. Name of Requestor and name of company, if appropriate.

b. Address of Requestor

c. Telephone number of Requestor—This must only be a landline telephone. No other telecommunication device (pagers, cell phones, etc) will be accepted

d. Name of the facility that information is requested about

e. Exact and specific information requested

f. Intended purpose of use for the information

g. Date of the request

h. Copy of a valid North Carolina Drivers License or other government-issued identification with a photo.

 

No walk-in requests for EPCRA information will be recognized or satisfied.

 

Information and Community Emergency Coordinator Responsibilities in Regards to EPCRA Information Request

Upon receipt of an EPCRA request, the Information and Community Emergency Coordinator will immediately document the date the request was received. The Information and Community Emergency Coordinator will begin to assemble the information requested, and only the information requested, while also verifying the authenticity of the request and the requestor by any means possible. By the conclusion of a sixty (60) day window, the Information and Community Emergency Coordinator shall either provide the information or a written explanation of why the request was denied.

 

Exempts and Denials

1. EPCRA requests will be denied for reasons of marketing or sales to the facility(ies).

2. EPCRA requests will be denied for not supplying any information requested in “Requesting Information” above.

3. EPCRA requests will be denied if release to the requestor is deemed a threat against homeland security.

4. Maps, mapping information, sitemaps, and / or information concerning the exact location of chemicals on a facility site will not be included in the completing of an EPCRA request.

 

Availability for Review

The Pasquotank-Camden LEPC shall make the Hazardous Materials Response Plan, as required in Article II Section 2 (F), available for review by the public.