Emergency Management

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

What is the LEPC?
The LEPC is a committee mandated by Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986. It is compromised of representatives from industry, government, environmental groups and others. The LECP receives information each year from businesses storing and/or using hazardous materials in excess of the thresholds established by the Environmental Protection Agency. These businesses must report this information to the LEPC, their local fire department and to the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Who does the emergency planning?
Any business which uses, manufactures, stores or transports hazardous materials is required to have procedures for the safe handling of these materials as well as emergency response procedures.

Fire departments and other response agencies are also required to have procedures in place for hazardous materials spills.

Hazardous Materials
Hazardous Materials are classified into 9 major classes:

Class 1: Explosives
Class 2: Gases
Class 3: Flammable Liquids
Class 4: Flammable Solids
Class 5: Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides
Class 6: Toxic Materials and Infectious Substances
Class 7: Radioactive Materials
Class 8: Corrosive Materials
Class 9: Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods

Community Right to Know
The Skagit LEPC has set up a Community Right to Know Program which incorporates the chemicals reported to the LEPC by local businesses.

For More Information on the Skagit LEPC
Contact DEM at the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management.