Local Emergency Planning Committee
The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is the coordination and oversight body for hazardous materials located in Yakima County and falls under the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management. The committee's mandate, by Federal legislation, is to carry out the requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986.
The LEPC is tasked with developing local hazardous materials response plans. This includes identifying resources and response capabilities, conducting needs assessments of emergency response personnel and equipment and establishing memorandums of understanding with other agencies regarding hazardous materials incidents.
The LEPC works in coordination with facilities that utilize/store hazardous materials, emergency responders, and various community stakeholders to prepare hazardous material emergency plans, serve as the repository for reports filed under Title III, and work to increase awareness, understanding, and compliance with the law.
The goal is to have regular meetings so the hazardous material facilities and response communities have better working relationships should an emergency occur involving a hazardous materials release. The LEPC will strive to meeting quarterly.
Next meeting: February 2019. More details about a specific date and time will be forthcoming.
Public Request for Records
Any requests for public request of records related to chemical reporting under EPCRA should begin at the county Public Records Request process.
Tier II Reporting
The Yakima County LEPC, requires completion of a Tier II - Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Report by all facilities in Yakima County which have chemicals above the reporting threshold.
We prefer electronic submission of the Tier II forms and do not require a hard copy mailed to our office. You can email your annual submission of Tier II's to email@example.com The reports must be submitted by March 1st each year based on the maximum amount of chemicals on-site at any one time during the preceding year.
You can use the map below to look up the fire department/fire district that provides coverage to your facility and their mailing address.