Local Emergency Planning

EPCRA Section 301-303: Emergency Response Planning

  • States are granted the authority to coordinate and oversee planning through the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).
  • Local governments are required to prepare chemical emergency response plans and review them regularly. This is usually accomplished via Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs).
  • LEPCs are made up of state and local officials, first responders, emergency personnel, as well as facility owners and operators.
  • Facilities that maintain Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS) above the corresponding threshold planning quantity (TPQ) are required to participate in emergency response planning.

 

LEPC Resources

LEPC Equipment Reimbursement Program
LEPC Equipment Reimbursement Program: The Oklahoma DEQ is committed to supporting LEPCs and their partnership with first-responders for the protection of public health and safety. Reimbursement grant opportunities provide training and protective equipment for hazardous waste emergency planning and response.

For more information contact Kristen Bliss or call (405) 702-5100

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is an agreement maintained between the Oklahoma DEQ and the state’s Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs). MOAs are renewed on an annual basis corresponding with the state fiscal year. LEPCs must have a current MOA on file to be eligible for DEQ grant opportunities.

  • MOA period aligns with the State Fiscal Year (July 1 – June 30)
  • Every LEPC must sign a new MOA annually and submit to DEQ
  • Memorandum of Agreement FY2019 Due June 28, 2019

 

You may electronically submit completed MOAs to Kristen Bliss here

LEPC Payment Application
To aid LEPCs in the distribution of current Tier II data, the DEQ provides a $1,000 grant opportunity for every LEPC that has a current MOA on file each year and submits a payment application prior to the end of each fiscal year.

 

To update your LEPC’s contact or payment information contact Kristen Bliss

Tier II Distribution
In Oklahoma, the DEQ acts as an electronic repository for Tier II reporting statewide and then distributes this data to LEPCs. The LEPC, in turn, distributes the Tier II reports to all local fire departments within their jurisdiction.

  • Instructions for downloading Tier II data

 

For additional data sets or assistance contact Tom Bergman or call (405) 702-5100

LEPC Contacts

 

If you’d like to update your LEPC’s information contact us

 

Contact Us

Contact Kristen Bliss or call the DEQ Land Protection Division at (405) 702-5100 for assistance.