The Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) were established under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986. The committee is composed of representatives of the community that includes elected State or local Officials, Law enforcement, Emergency Management, Fire Service, Public Health, Hospital, Transportation, Ambulance Service, local Environmental, Owner/Operator of a covered Facility, Broadcast or Print Media and Community Group. One of the main responsibilities of the LEPC is to oversee the requirement of business facilities to file an inventory list of hazardous chemicals used or stored at their sites. Facilities are also required to provide the LEPC a copy of their emergency response plans. The LEPC through the Emergency Management office maintains this information which is available for community to review upon request. Facilities are also required to report chemical releases or incidents that impact the environment to the LEPC. Another critical function of the LEPC is serving in the Emergency Operations Center for emergency preparedness exercises or when major disasters impact the community.
The LEPC committee meets quarterly to review and discuss community correspondence, committee reports on facility hazardous chemical filings, community updates on projects, chemical incident reports, grant applications, emergency plans, and exercise planning events. The Mineral County Emergency Management Office coordinates the meetings and maintains the committee meeting minutes. Members of the public may request a copy of these documents or facility hazardous chemical lists by a site visit or mail request at 392 Pine Swamp Rd. Keyser, WV 26726