Hazmat Workers and Firefighters Collaborating During a DrillLocal Emergency Planning Committees

Local Emergency Planning Committees are community-based organizations created by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) to increase hazardous materials (hazmat) preparedness and response. They provide support to local communities by:

  • Receiving and processing chemical inventory reports from local industry (also known as Tier II, RMP, and TRI)
  • Receiving and processing reports of chemical releases
  • Responding to public requests for information on chemical inventory or releases
  • Providing planning support for emergency responders and industry members
  • Coordinating and hosting training
  • Increasing community awareness concerning issues like: chemical facilities in your area, how to shelter-in-place, when to evacuate, and who to call when you have questions.

There are a few basic requirements for an LEPC that are outlined in EPCRA, such as the ability to receive reports from industry partners, membership, creating or assisting in a hazmat emergency response plan, and annual public notice. Click here for the Georgia requirements for LEPCs.​ Aside from these details, LEPCs vary can be unique in their scope and activities. The State of Georgia has one planning district designated statewide. There are many counties that have taken on LEPC duties at the county level. Click here for a list of LEPCs in Georgia.

 

For Industry:

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) encourages the use of E-Plan for industry filing of chemical inventory reports. Filing on E-Plan fulfills Federal and Georgia SERC requirements. For local requirements, please check in with the fire department, LEPC, and/or Emergency Manager for the county.
E-Plan's Online Tier II Reporting System​

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For First Responders and approved LEPC Members:

Registering on E-Plan will allow you to access chemical inventory reports for facilities in your community. E-Plan provides mapping, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), emergency contact information for facilities. You can search by chemical or by facility name. To gain access to E-Plan, you must be a First Responder or an approved LEPC member. When registering, you will be asked to identify an authorizing authority. The person that you identify will run a check and verify whether or not you meet the criteria to gain access to E-Plan.
E-Plan for First Responders​

Contact Information:

For questions about Georgia LEPCs and the HMEP grant, please contact:
Russell M. Bergmann
HMEP/LEPC Coordinator, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency
Post Office Box 18055
Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: (404) 635-7337
russell.bergmann@gema.ga.gov

For questions about Tier II and TRI reporting in Georgia, please contact:
Jerry R. Campbell
Emergency Response Manager, Georgia Environmental Protection Division
Post Office Box 3250
Cartersville, GA 30120
Phone: 770-387-4900
jerry.campbell@dhr.state.ga.us

For questions about Risk Management Plans in Georgia, please contact:
Christina Jagonase
Environmental Compliance Specialist, Risk Mgmt Program, Georgia Environmental Protection Division
Phone: 404-363-7101
christina.jagonase@dnr.state.ga.us

For questions about federal involvement in hazardous materials reporting in Georgia:
Mailing Address:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 4
Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division
61 Forsyth ST
Atlanta, GA 30303

Robert Bookman
EPCRA Program Manager, Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Engineer
Phone: (404) 562-9169
bookman.robert@epa.gov​​

Victor Weeks
Chemical Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator, Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: (404) 562-9189
weeks.victor@epa.gov

Deanne Grant
Clean Air Act §112(r) Risk Management Program Coordinator and EPCRA Liaison for the State of Georgia, Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: (404) 562-9291
grant.deanne@epa.gov​​​​​​​​​ ​​​