Details on VA Emergency Response Council Appointments

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Local Emergency Planning Committee

This Planning Committee was established as a direct result of Superfund Amendments and Re-authorization Act of 1986 (SARA, Title III, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986). The LEPC shall be composed of individuals appointed by the Virginia Emergency Response Council (VERC) from nominations by the City Manager of Staunton and Waynesboro, and the Augusta County Administrator. There shall be no less than two (2) representatives from each of the following categories:

a) Elected state and local officials.
b) Law enforcement, civil defense, firefighting, and environmental groups.
c) Broadcast and print media.
d) Community groups.
e) Facilities subject to the emergency planning requirements of SARA.

There are no term limits for the appointees. The committee is responsible for;

* Preparation and update of emergency plan in response to hazardous materials incidents under Section 303 of SARA.
* Require facilities to report hazardous chemical inventories and supply Material Safety Date Sheets to the committee.
* Establish procedures for receiving and processing requests from the public for Material Safety Data Sheets.

The committee is required to meet quarterly, but generally meets by-monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., at the Augusta County Government Center.