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LEPC - Local Emergency Planning Committee

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The Henderson County LEPC was established pursuant to Section 301 of the Federal Title III, Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, commonly known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA).

Our LEPC is comprised of members representing elected officials, law enforcement, emergency management, fire service, emergency medical services, public health, rescue squad, utilities, state and federal agencies, facility owners and operators, as well as interested citizens and non-elected local officials. 

The mission of the LEPC is to prepare local hazardous materials emergency plans that indicate the facilities that use, produce, or store extremely hazardous substances within the county; serve as the repository for local reports filed under EPCRA; and direct local EPCRA implementation activities and perform associated outreach functions to increase the awareness and understanding of and compliance with EPCRA program.

In addition to the original mission of hazardous materials planning, LEPCs have shifted their focus to include an "all hazards" approach. This includes planning and responding to natural and other man-made or technological hazards as well. This could be anything from tornadoes, flooding, and winter storms to a terrorist attack, power outages, or civil disorder. LEPCs serve as a focal point for information and discussion about hazards and risks that could affect our community.

LEPC Meeting Information

The Henderson County LEPC meets on the second Wednesday of the last month in each quarter at 11:30am in Conference Room A at the Watson Emergency Service Center. Our upcoming meeting dates are posted on our Local Training Calendar.

If you or your organization would like to suggest a topic or speaker for an upcoming meeting, please contact our office via email at or by calling (731) 968-1567.

tier II reporting

For facilities that handle or store hazardous chemicals and are subject to federal, state and local reporting only.

Sections 311 and 312 of EPCRA contain provisions for hazardous chemical inventory reporting. Facilities that handle hazardous chemicals defined under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and its implementing regulations, must provide information on the quantity, locations, and the potential hazards of these chemicals. This information is submitted to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and the fire department. 

These submissions are required by March 1st, annually. This inventory information provides the physical and/or health hazard of each hazardous chemical, their locations, and quantities that were present at the facility during the previous calendar year.

State of Tennessee Requirements

The State of Tennessee requires all facilities that store or use hazardous materials, operating in our State, to electronically file Tier II reports through E-Plan. E-Plan complies with Federal, State, and Henderson County LEPC hazardous materials inventory reporting requirements.  

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