Every facility within the county that stores or uses potentially hazardous materials is required to submit a Tier II form to the LEPC which identifies what chemicals they house, the quantity and location of each chemical in the facility, and any hazards associated with the chemicals. The LEPC then catalogues this information and works with the facility to develop a comprehensive response plan. These response plans allow for immediate mitigation of a hazard at the facility.
Every county in the country is required to organize and support an LEPC in order to be prepared for a hazmat incident. A hazmat emergency, or Hazardous Materials Incident, can be defined as any spill or release into the environment of a hazardous material or chemical substance. However, it can be said that Erie County is more at risk to such an incident than most communities because it houses so many facilities that hold large quantities of hazardous materials and chemicals. Also, our close proximity to the Canadian boarder and to the Great Lakes means that Erie County has become a natural target for terrorist activity that may focus on our chemical facilities.
The links located on this page can help citizens prepare themselves in the event of an emergency.