Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Local Emergency Planning Committee 

The LEPC is a representative group of numerous public and private sectors including local elected officials, public safety, facility representatives, media and community groups. The LEPC is tasked with reviewing the on-site emergency response plans (OSERPs) developed by the HMPD to ensure all public safety issues are accounted for. The LEPC also addresses other public safety issues related to chemical preparedness and community safety. The HMPD supports the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) of Lancaster County. 

The Lancaster County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was established under the federal Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know, and PA Act 1990-165, Hazardous Material Emergency Planning and Response Act.

It is comprised of 15 members who meet on a bi-monthly basis and tasked with fulfilling the requirements and obligations as specified in SARA Title III. Their duties include;

  1. Prepare, review and approve a Hazardous Materials Off-Site Response Plan for each qualifying facility within Lancaster County.
  2. Submit a copy of each Off-Site Response Plan to the Pennsylvania State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for review.
  3. Establish procedures to receive, store and retrieve chemical listings, Tier Forms and all other applicable documents.
  4. Establish procedures and monitor public requests for information.

The LEPC also reviews all reportable incidents (those exceeding the reportable quantity) and will notify other agencies at the State, Local and Federal levels. The LEPC also establishes policy and direction for the HMPD and the Lancaster County Hazardous Material Safety Program.

The LEPC is comprised of members representing: Elected County and Local Officials, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services, Broadcasting and/or print media, Community groups, and Operators and Owners of facilities subject to the requirement of SARA Title III Act.

LEPC Bylaws - Public Comment Form

Visit this link for the LEPC By-Laws. Meetings are open to the public. The public can make comment via a Public Comment Form upon which the LEPC has 45 days to submit a written response.

Meeting Schedule

The LEPC meets on the first Thursday of every even month at 1:00 PM, at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center, 101 Champ Blvd., Manheim PA 17545. The upcoming meeting schedule includes the following dates:

  • December 1st, 2022
  • February 2nd, 2023
  • April 6th, 2023
  • June 1st, 2023
  • August 3rd, 2023
  • October 5th, 2023
  • December 7th, 2023


Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) members are nominated by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners, and officially appointed by the PEMA Director.  

Meetings are open to the public and held at:

Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center

101 Champ Boulevard

Manheim, PA 17545

LEPC Meeting Agendas

Follow this link to the Agenda Center