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Local Emergency Planning Committees

Effective 1 January, 2023, the Mobile County Local Emergency Planning Committee will only accept Tier II reports electronically through E-Plan at https://tier2.erplan.net/onlinefiling/filingLogin.htm

Overview:

The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) was signed into federal law in 1986. Title III of SARA is known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) enforces SARA Title III. The regulations implementing SARA Title III are codified in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 350 through 372. The Governor of each State was charged with creating a State Emergency Response Commission.

Tier II is an annual federal report that is mandatory for companies that store hazardous materials.

Facilities are required to provide Tier II information to the following three (3) entities:

  • The Alabama Emergency Response Commission (AERC) - Electronic submission to ADEM of the Tier II report using E-Plan or Tier2Submit will fulfill this requirement.
  • The Local Emergency Planning Committee where facility is located.
  • The local fire department where the facility is located.

Effective 1 January, 2023, the Mobile County Local Emergency Planning Committee will only accept Tier II reports electronically through E-Plan at https://tier2.erplan.net/onlinefiling/filingLogin.htm

Hard copies and emailed submissions will not be accepted and will be destroyed.


Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC's) were established by the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act, as Title III of the Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act of 1986.

Originally, the LEPC was designed to provide a forum for emergency management agencies, responders, industry and the public to work together to evaluate, understand and communicate chemical hazards in the community and develop appropriate emergency plans in case of accidental release of these chemicals.

Local industries must provide information to the local EMA, State EMA and LEPC's about chemical hazards. LEPC's are required by law to make this information available to any citizen who requests it.

In recent years, the LEPC's planning efforts have been refocused to include planning for a variety of disasters that may affect the community. Floods, hazardous material spills, wildfires, natural disasters, and even terrorism all constitute real challenges facing community leaders today. Federal and State planners have advocated for development of "All-Hazards" planning, which prepare towns for any disaster; not just those from chemical releases.

You can make a difference by attending an LEPC meeting or by joining your LEPC. For more information, call the Mobile County EMA at 251-460-8000.