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 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.
DEQ will not be offering an LEPC Equipment Grant funding opportunity for the current fiscal year. We remain hopeful that this funding opportunity will be brought back in FY2023.
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 FY2024 Coming Soon
You may electronically submit completed MOAs to Tommy Holbrook
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.
- LEPC Payment Application FY2023 will be issued in March 2023 after the 2023 Tier II Reporting Period
To update your LEPC’s contact or payment information contact Tommy Holbrook
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 Matt Wormus or call (405) 702-5100
If you’d like to update your LEPC’s information contact us
DEQ Land Protection Division at (405) 702-5100 for assistance.