What is an LEPC

The Governor of each state designates a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). The SERCs, in turn, designated about 3,500 local emergency planning districts and appointed Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) for each district. The SERC supervises and coordinates the activities of the LEPC, establishes procedures for receiving and processing public requests for information collected under EPCRA, and reviews local emergency response plans. The LEPC membership must include, at a minimum, local officials including police, fire, civil defense, public health, transportation, and environmental professionals, as well as representatives of facilities subject to the emergency planning requirements, community groups, and the media. The LEPCs must develop an emergency response plan, review it at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens.


The purpose of the SERC-TERC Updates is to identify and share new policies, guidance, and training resources that may be useful to the State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) and Tribal Emergency Response Commissions (TERCs). As a result of the recently released Report for the President on Chemical Facility Safety and Security, per Executive Order 13650, more guidance and information will be provided and available to SERCs/TERCs. This monthly update is an effort by key federal agencies to ensure all pertinent information on chemical facility safety and security is shared with you in a timely manner.