The December 1984 toxic gas disaster in Bhopal, India focused worldwide attention on the possibility that accidents at facilities handling hazardous chemicals could harm neighboring communities. In the United States, federal, state, and local governments responded with laws to improve accident prevention and emergency response planning activities by chemical-handling facilities and local governments. These laws also increase public access to information, known as “Right-to-Know”, about the storage and use of hazardous chemicals.
The Vanderburgh County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) us a State entity created pursuant to SARA Title III (Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act), known as “Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986” (EPCRA).
The legislative requirement of the Committee is to implement SARA Title III in Indiana, but the broader and more comprehensive purpose is to enhance public health, safety, and environmental protection in Vanderburgh County.
MISSION OF THE VANDERBURGH COUNTY LEPC
The mission of the Vanderburgh County LEPC is to:
Develop and maintain an up-to-date comprehensive emergency plan for
our community. To be effective, planning must be an ongoing activity;
Receive and record information about chemical releases;
Collect, manage, and provide public access to information on hazardous chemicals:
Educate the public about the risks from accidental and routine releases of chemicals:
Work with facilities to minimize the risks.
The Vanderburgh County LEPC meets on the fourth Tuesday every other month, beginning in January, at 8:30 a.m. The meetings take place at the Red Cross Building at 29 South Stockwell Road.
All meetings are open to the public. For more information contact the VLEPC at (812) 421-6258