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Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) are community-based organizations that assist in preparing for emergencies, particularly those concerning hazardous materials. Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) must develop an emergency response plan, review the plan at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens. Plans are developed by LEPCs with stakeholder participation. There is one LEPC for each of the more than 3,000 designated local emergency planning districts.
The LEPC membership must include (at a minimum):

Elected state and
local officials

Police, fire, civil de-
fense, and public
health professionals

Environment, transportation, and hospital officials

Facility representatives

Representatives from
community groups and the media