Emergency Management

Local Emergency Planning Committee


Gila County Local Emergency Planning Committee

The Gila County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is comprised of community volunteers from:
  • Elected state and local officials
  • Police, fire, civil defense, and public health professionals
  • Environment, transportation, and hospital officials
  • Facility representatives
  • Representatives from community groups and the media
The LEPC meets quarterly, unless otherwise specified. The LEPC provides a forum for Gila County Emergency Management, local responders, industry and the public to work together to evaluate, understand, train about, coordinate and communicate chemical hazards in the community and develop hazmat emergency plans, which provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens, government agencies and emergency responders. 

The LEPC's initial task was to develop emergency plans to prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies. The EPA's list of extremely hazardous substances provided a focus for setting priorities in the planning effort. These plans must be reviewed annually and updated. Because the LEPC's members represent the community, they should be familiar with factors that affect public safety, the environment, and the economy of the community. This expertise will be essential as the LEPC develops plans tailored to the needs of its planning district.
lepcpic1 Upcoming Meeting Dates

   - July 17, 2019
   - October 16, 2019

LEPC Meeting Agendas/Minutes

   - June 06, 2018
   - September 12, 2018
   - January 23, 2019
   - April 27, 2019

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
Arizona Emergency Response Commission
The Gila County LEPC is tasked as a community body to oversee local compliance with the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) that requires all facilities that have hazardous substances at or in excess of certain amounts to provide the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) with:

   - Identity of the facility representative
   - Facility emergency plan
   - A list and inventory of its hazardous substances

Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) must develop an emergency response plan, review the plan at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens. Plans are developed by LEPCs with stakeholder participation. There is one LEPC for each of the more than 3,000 designated local emergency planning districts.

EPRCA Fact Sheet

EPCRA Tier II Form

ADEQ HazMat Reporting Form
Under Section 312 of the Act, regulated industries must file an annual Tier II report with the AZ-SERC, LEPC, and local fire department for hazardous and/or extremely hazardous substances stored, used, or manufactured on site for more than a 24-hour period at any time during the previous calendar year. state-flag
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Contact AZSERC
Emergency Response Specialists
Ph:  602-771-4065
Arizona Resources / Information

   - Arizona Counties LEPC Contacts 
   - Hazardous Waste eMaps
   - Hazardous Waste Management