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District of Columbia Local Emergency Planning Council

The District of Columbia Local Emergency Planning Council, Inc. (LEPC) was established to monitor and inform the public about the use of hazardous chemicals in the District. The LEPC is a community-based committee composed of emergency planning specialists, higher education institutions, environmental watchdog organizations, business leaders, trade and professional associations in the chemical industry, representatives from the media, utility companies, District agencies and Federal government agencies. The LEPC was created pursuant to the "Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act", Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization ACT (SARA) of 1986.

LEPC Functions

The LEPC coordinates training, education, technical assistance and outreach activities related to hazardous chemical use. The LEPC reviews District emergency plans with a hazardous materials component and establishes procedures and a system for receiving and reporting on emergency release information and inventories from SARA covered facilities. The Council processes requests for information on hazardous chemicals and strives to increase District hazardous chemical emergency response capabilities.

Member Organizations

District of Columbia Government agencies:

  • Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
  • Department of Energy and Environment
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Human Services
  • District Department of Transportation
  • Department of Behavioral Health
  • Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
  • Metropolitan Police Department
  • Office of Planning
  • Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs
  • District of Columbia National Guard

Council of the District of Columbia

Federal Government agencies and institutions:

  • Bolling Air Force Base
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Library of Congress
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • US Park Service
  • US Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • US Mint
  • US Food and Drug Administration
  • US Army Corps of Engineers

Regional corporations, organizations and partnerships:

  • American Petroleum Institute
  • American Red Cross
  • Broadcast Media Representative
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Catholic University
  • Chemical Specialties Manufacturers
  • Chemical Society of Washington
  • Commission on Social Services
  • CSX
  • Consortium of Universities of the Metropolitan Washington Area
  • Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant
  • DC Chamber of Commerce
  • DC Hospital Association
  • DC Hotel Association
  • DC Water
  • Destination DC
  • Federal Motor Carrier Administration
  • George Washington University
  • Greater Washington Board of Trade
  • Howard University
  • McMillan Drive Water Treatment Plant
  • National Association of Agricultural Chemists
  • NS Corp
  • Potomac Electric Power Company
  • Print Media Representative
  • Transportation Institute
  • Washington Aqueduct
  • Washington Gas Company
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority