Lubbock County, Texas

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About Us

The Mission of the Lubbock County LEPC is to:

  • Provide training, development and testing of the City of Lubbock/Lubbock County Emergency Management Plan.
  • Develop procedures for regulated facilities to notify the LEPC, and for receiving and processing requests from the public.
  • Collect, manage and provide public access to information on hazardous chemicals in Lubbock County.
  • Provide public notification of committee activities.
  • Educate the public about risks from accidental and routine releases of chemicals, and work with facilities to minimize the risks.
  • Implement other related activities required byPublic Law 99-499, Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), Title III, theEmergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) or the County Judge.
Background on LEPC's

On October 17, 1986, the President signed into law the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA). This act amended the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), commonly known as "Superfund."

Included under Title III of SARA, was a free standing law, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA),commonly known as SARA Title III. Its purpose was to encourage and support emergency planning efforts at the State and local levels and provide the public and local governments with information concerning potential chemical hazards present in their communities.
 
Your Lubbock County LEPC

The Lubbock County LEPC provides a forum for emergency management agencies, responders, industry and the public to work together to understand chemical hazards in the community, develop emergency plans in the event of an accidental release and look at ways to prevent chemical accidents.

Local industries are required to provide information to the LEPC about chemical hazards at their facilities. The LEPC then makes this information available to any citizen who requests it.

To make our Lubbock County LEPC effective and be a valued resource within the community, we need your input and invite you to get involved and be a part of our LEPC and attend our next meeting. Check our link to Meeting Dates for further information.

EPCRA Reporting Requirements

EPCRA does not place limits on which chemicals can be stored, used, released, disposed, or transferred at a facility. It only requires a facility to document, notify and report that information. Each section of the law has different requirements and deadlines. It also covers a different group of chemicals.

These specific requirements are contained in the following sections of EPCRA:
 
  • Emergency Planning, Sections 301-303 (Part 355.30) Emergency Release Notification, Section 304 (Part 355.40) Community Right-to-Know Reporting Requirements Section 311-312, (Part 370.25) Toxic Chemical Release Inventory Reporting, Section 313 (Part 372.22)
  • Laws and regulations frequently change or are modified. Always read the applicable regulation or consult a knowledgeable environmental consultant, compliance specialist or attorney prior to making decisions about your organizations compliance activities.

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