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Emergency Management

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King County Emergency Management
3511 NE Second St.
Renton, WA 98056
Main Phone: 206-296-3830
Toll Free: 800-523-5044
Fax: 206-205-4056

Enhanced 9-1-1 Program
Seattle, WA
E-911 program office

Hazardous Materials Plan and Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan and Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is responsible for developing hazardous materials emergency response plan, reviewing the plan at least annually, and providing information about chemicals in the community to citizens. LEPC membership includes local government, safety and emergency response officials, environmental and transportation officials, and community groups.

Elements of the plan include:

  • Identification of facilities and transportation routes of extremely hazardous substances
  • Description of emergency response procedures, on and off site
  • Designation of a community coordinator and facility emergency coordinator(s) to implement the plan
  • Outline of emergency notification procedures
  • Description of how to determine the probable affected area and population by releases
  • Description of local emergency equipment and facilities and the persons responsible for them
  • Outline of evacuation plans
  • A training program for emergency responders (including schedules)
  • Methods and schedules for exercising emergency response plans

LEPC Hazardous Materials Plan - DRAFT update (2014) pdf; 1MB

LEPC Hazardous Materials Plan (2013) 912 KB

Highlights from the Nov. 2015 Joint LEPC Meeting

Process for developing and updating the plan

The Washington State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), in accordance with the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) or SARA Title III, Section 312 requires completion of a Tier Two - Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory by all facilities which have reportable quantities of chemicals. Steps for compliance:

  1. Download and complete the Tier Two Reporting Form (PDF, 1MB).
  2. "Sign" the form.
  3. Scan and email your completed form to Timothy Doyle, or mail to KCOEM/LEPC, 3511 NE 2nd Street, Renton WA 98056.
  4. Save a copy for your files.

Helpful tips

  • Refer to last year's report for unchanged, basic information.
  • Provide updates to old information and add new content, if needed.
  • Be thorough and accurate when completing the report -. the information you provide could make the job of a first responder safer and less complicated. Incomplete forms will be returned. 
  • If you have any questions after reviewing these instructions, please call or email Timothy Doyle 206-205-4071.

Chemicals that are included

You must report the required information on this Tier Two form for each hazardous chemical present at your facility in quantities equal to or greater than established threshold amounts, unless the chemicals are excluded under Section 311(e) of Title III. Hazardous chemicals are any substances for which your facility must maintain an MSDS under OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (see Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know Act).

Chemicals that are excluded

Section 311(e) of Title III excludes the following substances:
(i) Any food, food additive, color additive, drug, or cosmetic regulated by the Food and Drug Administration;

(ii) Any substance present as a solid in any manufactured item to the extent that exposure to the substance does not occur under normal conditions of use;

(iii) Any substance to the extent it is used for personal, family, or household purposes, or is present in the same form and concentration as a product packaged for distribution and use by the general public;

(iv) Any substance to the extent it is used in a research laboratory or a hospital or other medical facility under the direct supervision of a technically qualified individual;

(v) Any substance to the extent it is used in routine agricultural operations or is a fertilizer held for sale by a retailer to the ultimate