Each Wisconsin County is designated as an emergency planning district and has a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to administer the local hazardous chemical planning program under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act, also known s SARA Title III. The Outagamie County LEPC was established in 1989.
The Outagamie County LEPC membership includes local and state elected officials, members of emergency response agencies (EMS, fire, Haz Mat team, law enforcement, health, etc.), emergency management, hospitals, along with representatives from transportation, hospital, broadcast and print media, community groups, and Representatives of Facilities Subject to SARA Title III.
The County Executive appoints the members. The Outagamie County LEPC meets at 8:00 a.m. on the second Friday of odd numbered months at various locations in the community. The meetings are open to the public.
LEPC PLANNING PROCESS
At Outagamie County LEPC meetings, members representing emergency responders, industry, and the community actively participate in the emergency planning process for chemicals present on-site at facilities. They exchange ideas and information that contribute to effective, safe emergency planning for accidental chemical releases.
The Emergency Management Deputy Director updates each plan every year and creates new plans for those new reporting facilities. After the plan is created it is review by the Outagamie County LEPC Off-site Committee. The plan addresses chemicals stored on site, storage practices and safety, chemical protection and monitoring systems, facility on-site emergency procedures, and available facility emergency equipment. Vulnerability zones are created describing the worst case scenario for a chemical release. Specifically, The safety of emergency responders, employees, and the community are a priority during this review process.
For questions about the LEPC please contact:
Outagamie County Emergency Management
320 S. Walnut Street
Appleton, WI 54911