Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC-6)

 

STAFF:  ALYSSA SABETTO

Local Emergency Planning Committee Region 6 (LEPC-6) is supported by the Windham Regional Commission (WRC) and operates under the authority of the State Emergency Response Commission. LEPC-6 is composed of and supports first responders, Tier II reporting industries, businesses, citizen groups, and various members of all entities of emergency management—RACES, CERT, 211, Schools, Health Departments, Hospitals, EMD’s, Homeland Security representatives, the Red Cross, local emergency management coordinators, and planners. LEPCs are able to foster a valuable interdisciplinary dialogue related to disaster preparedness and response.

There are 13 LEPC regions in the State. LEPCs were established by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) from the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, enacted as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act to prevent emergency situations from hazardous chemicals. Thus, LEPCs were formed to focus solely on hazardous chemical responses. In more recent years, most LEPCs have evolved to encompass planning for all hazards that may affect communities in the region, not just chemical emergencies.

Mission Statement:  To provide Emergency Planning resources and guidance throughout Windham Region through education, coordination and assistance.

Officers:
   LEPC Chair: Paul Fraser
   LEPC Vice-Chair: Kevin Beattie
   LEPC Secretary: Alyssa Sabetto
   LEPC Treasurer: Mike Shaughnessy

Meeting minutes and agendas:  Please go to LEPC-6 page in the WRC committees section of this web site.

Questions can be directed to LEPC-6 Secretary Alyssa Sabetto at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (802) 257-4547 ext. 113.


Upcoming Meetings

May 16, 2017 LEPC meeting topic: Animal Sheltering and Windham County Disaster Animal Response Team (WinDART)
Meeting time: 5:30 pm, Meeting Place: Putney Fire Station (21 Carl Snyder Dr, Putney, VT 05346)
Vermont has the largest per capita rate of pet ownership in the country (71% of households) so it’s safe to assume that when disaster strikes, families may be turning to local emergency responders for assistance with their pets, both small and large. What resources do you need locally to both plan for and respond to the needs of pets and pet owners in YOUR community? What is your authority and obligation to shelter pets following disaster? At this meeting we’ll discuss how to include pets in your local emergency planning efforts, best practices for pet sheltering, and what resources are available at the state and national level to help you with this special needs population.

June 20, 2017 LEPC meeting topic: How to Handle and Dispose of HazMat Materials
Meeting time: 12:00 pm, Meeting Place: Putney Fire Station (21 Carl Snyder Dr, Putney, VT 05346)
Todd Cosgrove, Vermont HAZMAT Officer, will present this topic geared for Tier II facilities. The presentation will focus on the protocol for proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials.

July 18, 2017 – NO LEPC-6 MEETING THIS MONTH. ENJOY THE SUMMER!

August 15, 2017 LEPC meeting topic: Vermont Spill Team
Meeting time: 12:00 pm, Meeting Place: TBD
James Donaldson, Member of the Vermont DEC Spills Team will present on the Spills Program, hazardous material spill response and reporting guidelines, clean-up and hazardous waste protocols, and the spills database. Information on the program is here: http://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/spills.


Tier II Reporting and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) is a Federal Act that was created to help communities plan for emergencies involving hazardous substances. The Act requires industry to report yearly on the storage, use and releases of hazardous chemicals to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and the local responding fire department. The EPA’s List of Lists outlines reporting requirements under EPCRA, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act.  Vermont Tier II requirements can be found here.

Tier II reports are due yearly on March 1st.  If your facility acquires a new chemical, you need to update and submit your Tier II report within 90 days of exceeding reporting thresholds regardless of the date that occurs.  All Extremely Hazard Substance (EHS) facilities are required by statute to have a representative at all LEPC meetings. 

LEPC-6 requests that Tier II submissions be made electronically (file format .t2s) using the EPA Tier2Submit software to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . EPA provides this software at no charge. Tier2Submit generates electronic versions of the Tier II form. Tier2Submit can be downloaded here. A tutorial on how to fill out your Tier II form using EPA's Tier2 Submit software is available here. If facilities do not have access to download Tier2Submit, they can continue to provide hard copy reports. All information submitted pursuant to EPCRA regulations is publicly accessible, unless protected by a trade secret claim. You can request this information by contacting Alyssa Sabetto at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (802) 257-4547 ext. 113.


Notification Procedures for Release of Reportable Quantity

The three calls that are REQUIRED to be made immediately (within one hour) of a release:

If you have any questions related to hazmat response please contact the State Hazmat Team Chief Todd Cosgrove at 802-479-7586 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Links

Presentation on The Role of the Local Public Information Officer after an Event, by Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer for the VT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, PDF

The Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry provides step-by-step advice to organizations on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program - http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3412

VT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security training - http://demhs.vermont.gov/training
Vermont Fire Academy - http://firesafety.vermont.gov/fire_training/classes
Vermont Police Academy - http://vcjtc.vermont.gov/training

 

Last Updated on 08 May 2017