Local Emergency Planning Committee
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La Paz County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
Annual Publication – Community Right-to-know-Act
EPCRA 511:1066 Sec. 324 (B)
Tier II owners and operators of facilities that have hazardous chemicals on hand in quantities equal to or greater than set threshold levels in accordance with "EPA List of Lists" must submit Tier II forms between January 1 and March 1 for the previous calendar year in accordance with local, state, and federal laws.
Tier II Reports must be filed electronically. This information is available to the public by contacting the La Paz County Local Emergency Planning Committee or the Office of Emergency Management at either (928) 667-2461 or (928) 667-2347.
This department is the focal point for emergency planning and coordination for La Paz County. The staff interfaces with local law enforcement agencies and fire departments in the planning and preparation of emergency situation exercises, as well as the coordination and distribution of emergency management literature and upcoming seminars and training information. The Director responds to Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) spills throughout the County and ensures cleanup compliance as directed by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides direct support to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). The LEPC was established after the Federal government enacted the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). This act was implemented in response to a growing concern about the effect of chemical release on communities. The law requires industry to provide the public with information about its chemical process, chemical storage and emissions, and safety procedures. Office of Emergency Management is the repository for the annual reports provided by the companies maintaining or using chemicals in their processes with facilities in La Paz County. These chemical inventory reports or "Tier Two" reports are provided to OEM on an annual basis and are available to the public.
The LEPC assists these companies in preparation of their emergency procedures and reviews these procedures on an annual basis to ensure compliance.