The mission of the Local Emergency Planning Committee is to enhance and create plans addressing the response to hazardous materials incidents, increase compliance with hazardous materials reporting requirements, and continue to offer access to information on hazardous materials for the benefit of county residents, businesses, and industries. The LEPC shall carry out compliance with SARA Title III and other federal, state, and local requirements that meet both the letter and spirit of those requirements and that enhance and encourage a partnership between county residents, businesses, and industry though an exchange of information and mutual planning. The Adams County LEPC was created by the Colorado Emergency Planning Committee pursuant to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), 42 U.S.C. section 11001 et seq.
The Colorado Emergency Planning Commission designated a local emergency planning district to coincide with the boundaries of Adams County. The Adams County Board of Commissioners, by resolution on Nov. 25, 2013, clarified the relationship of the LEPC to the Adams County government structure, the duties required of the LEPC under the state law, and approved the current Adams County LEPC Bylaws which included appointing an LEPC Executive Board.
The primary purpose of the LEPC is to implement SARA Title III in Adams County, Colorado, through the administration of a program for the development of emergency response plans and systems and for requiring certain facility reporting and notification regarding the listing or release of specified hazardous substances. The broader purpose is to enhance environmental protection, hazard mitigation, land use practices, and public health and safety as these are affected by chemical hazards in the County.
- Preparing, approving, and reviewing (annually) the Hazmat Annex to the county Emergency Operations and Response Plan (EORP);
- Reviewing and approving emergency operations plans for SARA Title III facilities within Adams County;
- Publishing of the meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas on the committee website for the general public;
- Establishing procedures to receive, store, and retrieve material safety data sheets (MSDS), chemical inventory forms (Tier II), spill reports, and all other applicable documents from facilities within Adams County;
- Following established procedures according to the Colorado Open Records Act, to respond to public requests for information related to facilities within Adams County;
- Applying for and oversee grant applications for funding committee projects;
- Oversee and approve expenditures from the committee budget line consistent with county fiscal procedures; and
- Reviewing, amending, and approving committee policies and procedures.
The Adams County LEPC will meet on the fourth Monday of every even month beginning in February of each year. The usual meeting time will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Richard H. Atkins
Adams County LEPC Coordinator
720.523.6602 | Email