Any person or firm engaged in business and who subscribes to the principles and purposes of the LEPC is eligible for membership. If a corporation or other entity holds membership, the entity shall be considered one member.  Each member shall be eligible for benefits if they support the purpose of the LEPC and maintain active participation in LEPC functions and activities.  A minimum of 70% meeting attendance by agency representative or designee for all general LEPC meeting is required to retain active core membership.  The Secretary will keep track of attendance at meetings and periodically submit a report of attendance to the members.

Further information on membership including required entities can be found in the LEPC Bylaws.

Current Members

LEPC Membership Roster (January 2019)

Roles and Responsibilities

The role of LEPCs is to form partnerships with local industries and governments as a resource for enhancing hazardous materials preparedness. Local governments are responsible for the integration of planning and response. There are many steps in this process:

  • Ensuring a local hazards analysis is accomplished and includes hazmat incidents as well as potential off site effects of facility releases
  • Including hazardous materials incident planning with local emergency plans
  • Ensuring hazardous materials response capability assessments are accomplished and shortfalls identified
  • Enhancing response capabilities through responder training
  • Developing mutual aid agreements with surrounding jurisdictions
  • Exercising hazmat response with realistic field exercises and table tops.

It is essential for industry to play a part in this process to ensure facility response plans and capabilities dovetail with local government emergency plans. Misconceptions between industry and local response forces can have a catastrophic impact on not only the facility, but on the citizens we are pledged to serve. According to EPCRA, every facility subject to regulation is required to identify and provide the name of a facility “Emergency Coordinator,” report types/quantities of regulated chemicals on the site, providing SDSs, and permitting local fire departments to inspect their facilities.

The LEPC is crucial to maintaining the effectiveness of local hazmat planning and the community right to know provisions of EPCRA. The members come from the planning district and should be familiar with local economy/business, environmental issues, and public safety considerations. This broad-based expertise is required to adequately assist the drafters of the emergency plans, so that the plan adequately addresses local needs/requirements. Also, the LEPC can serve as a focal point for outreach activities concerning citizen response to hazardous materials incidents, health and environmental planning, and environmental risks.

Members of the LEPC represent a large number of government and private organizations, industries, and occupations in order to provide the expertise to advise on plan development and to offer a “total package” of planning and outreach capability. By law, the LEPC membership must represent a cross section of the jurisdiction in which it resides. Therefore, LEPC members should come from:

  • Elected Officials: County Council, City Council, State Senators/Representatives
  • Public Health/Safety: Law Enforcement, Emergency Preparedness/Management
  • Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Hospitals, Local
  • Environmental Organizations, Transportation
  • Media: Print and Broadcast
  • Community groups and service organizations
  • Facility owners and operators

Each member must understand that he/she represents their agency/organization and as such are responsible for coordinating information between the LEPC and their organization, and providing feed-back. The LEPC has many responsibilities, and it will take a concerted effort by all members to fulfill these tasks and expand their outreach into many other activities.

LEPC Officers

Chair: OPEN (Jill Bockenstette is no longer with the LEPC)

Vice Chair: Philip Taylor (phst@chevron.com) 

Treasurer: Michael Lawrence (michael.lawrence@hii-ingalls.com)

Secretary: George Sholl (jcecd@bellsouth.net)

Exercise & Grant Coordinator: OPEN

Webmaster: Kevin Kowalewski (kevin.kowalewski@hii-ingalls.com)