Office of Emergency
Orange County, Texas
The Orange County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), serves as a fundamental link between citizens, industry and government to enhance emergency preparedness for communities. LEPC’s role is to identify chemical hazards, develop and maintain emergency plans in case of an accidental (and terrorist-related) release of hazardous chemicals, and encourage continuous attention to chemical safety, risk reduction, and accident prevention in the community.
In order to achieve its goal LEPC works along with:
The LEPC is a product of federal legislation that was passed in the response to concerns regarding the environment and safety hazards posed by the storage and handling of toxic chemicals. These concerns were triggered by the 1984 disaster in Bhopal, India, where more than 2,000 people suffered death or serious injury from the accidental release of methyl isocyanante. To prevent similar occurrences in our communities, in 1986 Congress passed a law that establishes requirements for businesses and for federal, state and local governments regarding emergency planning and community right to know.
The Community Right To Know provision helps increase the public's knowledge and access to information on chemicals at individual facilities, their uses, and release into the environment. States and communities, working with facilities, can use the information to improve chemical safety and protect public health and the environment.
The Purpose of the Orange County LEPC is to: