LEPC

Midland County Local Emergency Planning Committee

Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Planning 

MISSION

The Midland County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will support and enhance communitywide awareness, preparedness, response and recovery activities regarding hazardous materials to provide for the health and safety of the community.

 

VISION

The Midland County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will educate, coordinate, facilitate and provide resources regarding hazardous materials within the community. This will be accomplished by connecting community stakeholders with first responder, transportation, and local industry.

 

MEETINGS

2019 Meeting Schedule

February 7, 2019     Agenda / Minutes

April 18, 2019    Agenda / Minutes

June 6, 2019    CANCELLED

August 15, 2019    Agenda / Minutes

October 3, 2019    Agenda / Minutes

December 5, 2019    Agenda / Minutes

 

Hazardous Chemicals in Our Community

Thousands of chemicals are used by industry every day to produce goods we use. While many of these chemicals provide great benefits, their use also involves potential risks.

Hazardous chemicals are present throughout our community; they are used in industry, in farming, and even in schools and hospitals. You have a right to know what hazardous chemicals are present in your community and what the known risks are. How are these chemicals used and where are they stored? What if an accidental chemical release should occur in Midland County? Would you know what to do? Are fire and police departments prepared for such an emergency?

 

What is the "EMERGENCY PLANNING AND COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW ACT?"

It is a 1986 law which requires communities to plan for emergencies should an accidental release of hazardous chemicals occur. It also provides government and the public with information concerning potential chemical hazards present in our community.

This law, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, is also known as SARA Title III. SARA is short for the Superfund Amendments and Re-authorization Act. Title III is the section of law where the emergency planning and community right-to-know components are found.

 

What are the major provisions of this law?

The law requires: State and local governments, along with industry, to have an emergency response plan for chemical accidents to protect public health and the environment.

Industry to report the amount and types of Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS) it stores and uses.

Emergency notification of chemical accidents and releases.

This information will be made available to the public.

 

What is an Extremely Hazardous Substance (EHS)?

It is any chemical that could cause serious health problems if it were accidentally released into the environment. More than 350 commonly used chemicals have been classified as Extremely Hazardous Substances. Here are a few examples:

Chemicals

Use

Chlorine

disinfectant

Ammonia

fertilizer/ refrigeration

Formaldehyde

preservative

Nitric Acid

etching steel

Sulfuric Acid

batteries

Gramoxone

pesticide

 

Some of these substances are found in my home. Are they subject to this law?

No. Only facilities that store or use chemicals in specified volumes are covered by this law.

 

So why should I be concerned?

Thousands of chemicals are used by industry every day to produce goods we use. While many of these chemicals provide great benefits, their use also involves potential risks. You have a right to know which of these hazardous substances are present in your community and what the known risks are.

 

Who is planning for chemical emergencies in Midland County?

The Midland County Local Emergency Planning Committee, with assistance from the Midland County Office of Emergency Management, is responsible for the planning. Under the law, planning districts are created throughout the state. The goal of the Midland County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is to implement the federal law for all of Midland County, including the City of Midland.

The Midland County LEPC has developed comprehensive emergency plans for over a dozen facilities in Midland County that use and /or store extremely hazardous substances.

Midland County LEPC
2727 Rodd Street
Midland, MI 48640
(989) 832-6750