Membership on the committee is composed of individuals recommended by the county commissioners and LEPC. Names are submitted to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for presentation to the Governor. Composition of the committee includes the County Emergency Management Director; one county commissioner; and at least one person selected from the following groups:
1. Elected officials representing local government within the county
2. Law enforcement, first aid, health, local environment, hospital and transportation personnel
3. Firefighting personnel
4. Civil Defense and emergency management personnel
5. Broadcast and print media
6. Community groups not affiliated with emergency services groups
7. Owners and operators of facilities subject to the requirements of SARA, Title III
Duties. The LEPC shall have the duty and authority to:
1. Make, amend and repeal bylaws and other procedures in order to carry out the duties, requirements and responsibilities of a local committee as set forth in SARA, Title III and as maybe required.
2. Take appropriate actions to ensure the implementation and updating of the local emergency response plan.
3. Report alleged violations of the act.
4. Prepare reports, recommendations or other information related to the implementation of the act, as maybe requested.
5. Meet, when appropriate, with any agency or local or regional agency which is empowered to exercise the governmental functions of planning and zoning, to regulate land use and land use development, or to authorize the siting of a facility within the county to discuss and review with government agencies all mitigation factors necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public from a potential release of hazardous materials from a proposed facility. Mitigation factors include, but are not limited to, environmental impacts, shelter and evacuation feasibility, emergency warning and communications, availability of response equipment and future population and economic growth in the area of the proposed facility.
6. Accept and deposit into its Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Account any grants, gifts or other funds received which are intended for the purpose of carrying out the act.
Plan Provisions. Each emergency plan shall include, but not be limited to, each of the following:
1. Identification of the facility subject to the requirements of section 303 of SARA, Title III within the county, identification of routes likely to be used for the transportation of substances on the list of Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS) and identification of additional facilities contributing or subject to additional risk due to their proximity to the facility subject to the requirements of the law, such as, hospitals, or natural gas facilities.
2. Methods and procedures to be followed by facility owners and operators and local emergency and medical personnel to respond to any release of such substances.
3. Designation of a county emergency management coordinator and facility emergency coordinators, who shall make determinations necessary to implement the plan.
4. Procedures providing reliable, effective and timely notification by the facility emergency coordinators and the county emergency management coordinator to persons designated in the emergency plan, and to the public, that a release has occurred, consistent with the notification requirements of section 304 of SARA, Title III.
5. Methods for determining the occurrence of a release, and the area of population likely to be affected by such a release.
6. A description of emergency equipment and facilities in the county and at each facility in the county subject to the requirements of this section, and an identification of the persons responsible for such equipment and facilities.
7. Evacuation plans, including provisions for a precautionary evacuation and alternative traffic routes.
8. Training programs, including schedules for training of local emergency response and medical personnel.
9. Methods and schedules for exercising the emergency plan.
Pennsylvania's Hazardous Material Emergency Planning and Response Act 1990-165, implements the federal SARA , Title III.
Fees: Each owner or operator of a facility shall pay annually to the Mifflin County LEPC a fee of $75.00 for each eligible chemical and where required a $100.00 off-site planning fee as established by ordinance.
Fees are levied for both Pennsylvania Act 165 and non-Act 165 responses by the Mifflin County Office of Public Safety.
It is suggested that you check with the Hazardous Materials (HAZ MAT) section of this website for additional information. You may also want to access the Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The Mifflin County LEPC is co-located in the office of Mifflin County Office of Public Safety, 20 North Wayne Street, Lewistown PA 17044.
Inquiries regarding plans must be made in writing. There is a fee for making photocopies.
Should you have questions regarding Mifflin County's Haz Mat program or the LEPC, you may call: 717-248-9645 and ask for Director Phil Lucas Jr.