Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) are community-based organizations that assist in preparing for emergencies, particularly those concerning hazardous materials.

We are happy to announce that the Georgia Emergency Management Agency will be hosting an LEPC Workshop, focused on topics involving Local Emergency Planning Committees, hazardous materials transportation, and EPCRA. Please register at http://goo.gl/forms/92HTRAOx5n.

Workshop location:
Sessions will be held for a full day on December 2 and a half day on December 3, 2014 at the Classic Center in Athens, GA. The Workshop will be in the back building off of Foundry Street at the Cypress River Room. If you are driving in for each day, please use the parking deck located nearby at 33.960640, -83.371706.

The hotel that will be hosting participants is the Hilton Garden Inn, located directly across the street from the Classic Center. If you are staying the night in Athens, please use the hotel parking lot and then walk across the street to the Workshop. Reservations need to be made at (706) 353-6800 under the room block using code 00LEP for a daily rate of $109 for the nights of December 1 and 2.

Cost and Reimbursements:
For 2 members of each Georgia LEPC: Mileage, hotel, and per diem will be reimbursed. We will help you fill the forms out at the Workshop for a quick reimbursement.
For everyone else: There is no registration fee for this conference but need to cover your own costs.

Session topics:
Hazmat planning for both industry and emergency responders
Commodity Flow Studies
Industry engagement
LEPC Panel
Updates from EPA, PHMSA, and DHS/CFATS
Hazmat Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant

The workshop registration deadline and hotel room block deadline are both November 21, 2014. Please DO NOT wait to make your plans though, we expect that the Workshop will fill up very quickly.

In accordance with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, LEPCs:
Receive emergency notifications of chemical releases from facilities and transporters.
Receive Emergency Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms from facilities.
Provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens.
Create a comprehensive emergency response plan and review it at least annually.

In accordance with EPCRA, Georgia’s LEPCs include (at minimum) representatives from the following groups/organizations:
Owners and operators of facilities
Elected state and local officials
Law enforcement
Emergency management
Fire fighting
First aid
Public health
Local environmental
Broadcast and print media
Community groups

For questions about Georgia’s LEPCs, please contact:

Christina Garrard
LEPC/HMEP Coordinator
Post Office Box 18055
Atlanta, Georgia 30316
Direct: (404) 635-7337
Fax: (770) 359-1339
Email: Christina.Garrard@gema.ga.gov

EPCRA LEPC Planning Requirements (http://www.epa.gov/osweroe1/content/epcra/epcra_plan.htm)
E-Plan and Tier II Reporting (http://www.gaepd.org/Documents/e-plan.html)
E-Plan (Direct Link) (https://erplan.net)
Chemicals in Your Community (Publication) (http://www.epa.gov/osweroe1/docs/chem/chem-in-comm.pdf)
EPA Explanation of EPCRA (http://www.epa.gov/osweroe1/docs/chem/epcra.pdf)