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Background and History

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LEPC Background and History

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC's) were identified and empowered under Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) as codified and regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency under 40 CFR Parts 355 and 370.  LEPC guidance is also included within the Nebraska Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (NEPCRA) of 1997, and any other lawful purposes which are assigned to it or permitted by the Douglas County Commissioners and/or the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).  In keeping with the intent of SARA, Title III, all activities of the Committee will be conducted in a manner encouraging input and participation from all segments of the community.  

LEPC's began functioning in the United States during the mid-1980's based on legislation that stemmed from deadly hazardous material releases in India and in the United States.  Since this time period, the United States industrial and manufacturing sector has changed significantly.  Although community risks are still present from the transportation, storage and use of hazardous materials, since the mid-1980's fewer extremely hazardous materials are being used domestically and the manufacturing processes for many hazardous items and materials has moved elsewhere.     

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