Local Emergency Planning Committee
The Calcasieu Parish Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was formed by Public Law Public Law 99-499, Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), Title III. This committee’s responsibilities are as follows:
1. Development, training and testing of hazardous substances emergency response plan for Calcasieu Parish.
2. Development of procedures for regulated facilities to provide Informational and Emergency notification to the LEPC in accordance with SARA, Title III.
3. Development of procedures for receiving and processing requests from the public under the Community Right-to-Know provisions of SARA, Title III.
4. Provision for public notification of committee activities.
This committee meets on the following schedule:
1. Full Committee meets every other even month on the third Tuesday at 10:00 at 901 Lakeshore Dr. Suite 200 Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601.
2. Executive Board meets every other odd month on the third Tuesday at 10:00 at 901 Lakeshore Dr. Suite 200 Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601.
3. Mailing address is P.O. Drawer 3287 Lake Charles, Louisiana 70602-3287.
Standing Committees for the Local Emergency Planning Committee
1. Right-to-Know Committee - This Committee shall be responsible for the formulation of all policies and procedures concerning the public’s Right-to-Know program; the formulation of all chemical release reporting procedures; the establishment of trade secret protection procedures; and the formulation of all record keeping and information dissemination procedures for the LEPC.
2. Public Education and Information Committee - This Committee shall be responsible for the development of a public alert and notification program; public relations with affected communities and the public at large; all publicity of the LEPC; development of public education and information program.
3. Hazardous Material Facilities Liaison Committee - This Committee shall be responsible for procedures for identification and communication with affected facilities. This Committee shall work with the Emergency Response and Resources Committee and with affected facilities to develop and test a hazardous substance emergency response plan for the planning district as required by law.
4. Emergency Response and Resources Committee - This Committee will work with the Hazardous Facilities Liaison Committee and with existing emergency response organizations in jurisdictions within the planning district to develop and test a hazardous substance emergency response plan for the planning district as required by law. This Committee shall review existing Federal, State, and local plans for the purpose of coordination with the LEPC planning program.