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Local Emergency Planning Committees are a requirement of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, otherwise know as SARA Title III.

SARA Title III and the Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 3750, set up a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for the State of Ohio. Ohio Revised Code 3750.03 requires each county in Ohio to set up a Local Emergency Planning Committee.

The LEPC’s initial task was to develop an emergency plan to prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies. This plan must be reviewed annually, tested and updated. Because the LEPC members represent the community, they are to be familiar with factors that affect public safety, the environment, and the economy of the community.

LEPC’s are a group of individuals that are nominated by the County Commissioners and approved by the SERC. LEPC members are volunteers and serve a two-year term of office.