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Local Emergency Planning Committees and Fire Departments

Resources for Tier II Filers on submitting their reports and for emergency responders and LEPCs on program development, data gathering, grants, and Emergency Planning Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requirements.

 

Information for Tier II Filers

A Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a voluntary organization that is established in an Emergency Planning District designated by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). Most Texas counties have a single LEPC; however, some counties have multiple LEPCs that serve individual cities or communities in that county.

You must send a copy of your report(s) to your LEPC and local fire department. Please contact your LEPC and the local fire department to find out which format they require for the Tier II Report.

Information for Local Emergency Planning Committees and Fire Departments

How can LEPCs or Fire Departments Request Data from the TCEQ?

The TCEQ Tier II Chemical Reporting Program is available to assist LEPCs and Fire Departments with managing Tier II reports. LEPCs and fire departments requesting Tier II reports for their own jurisdictions should e-mail Tier2Help@tceq.texas.gov.

How do I update the contact information for my LEPC?

Note: TCEQ recommends that LEPCs and Fire Departments set up a proxy email address for Tier II report submissions.

Software available

The EPA has developed the following software that may be useful to LEPCs and fire departments.

  • CAMEO Exit the TCEQ: Is a suite of software applications you can use to plan for and respond to chemical emergencies. CAMEO can access, store, and evaluate information critical for developing emergency plans.
  • Tier2 Submit Exit the TCEQ: Is a program for filling out Tier II forms electronically. TCEQ requires that Tier II Reports be submitted as electronic data files. This software is useful for managing Tier II reports and can be used to create KML files, which are used to display geographical data in Google Earth, showing pinpointed facility locations, emergency contacts and chemicals present.

 EPA Guidance for LEPCs

Texas Department of Public Safety-Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Guidance

  • TDEM Exit the TCEQ coordinates the state emergency management program. Their website has useful information on local emergency management as well.
  • Texas SERC Contacts Exit the TCEQ
  • TDEM 151 Form Adobe Acrobat PDF Document : The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) uses this form to officially recognize LEPCs. Submit updated forms to TDEM at the address on the form.

LEPC Grants

  • The Texas LEPC Grant Program is an opportunity for LEPCs to receive grant funds to help implement the requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
  • U.S. DOT PHMSA HMEP Grant Program Exit the TCEQ: Your LEPC may be eligible for the United States Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant Program.