Nineteen Organizations Honored for Reducing Chemical Risk

Source: Rural Messenger

LENAXA, KS – Nineteen emergency planning organizations were honored by the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)/Tribal Emergency Response Commission (TERC) Emergency Planning and Response Regional Conference for their exemplary work in reducing chemical risk in the county.

The regional conference includes the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, as well as nine tribal nations.

LEPCs and TERCs were created in 1986 by the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA). LEPC/TERCs help reduce the community’s risks from accidents involving hazardous chemicals.

LEPCs normally include representatives from fire departments and districts, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services agencies, private industry, city and county emergency management officials, local media, and state and federal agencies.

Because of the importance of making this information available to all communities, EPA recognizes tribal governments as the appropriate implementing authority of EPCRA in Indian Country.

The conference is organized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Kansas Division of Emergency Management, Missouri Emergency Response Commission, Nebraska State Emergency Response Commission, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as representatives from industries and LEPCs.

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