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Local Emergency Planning Committee

The Monroe County LEPC was established to meet the requirements of SARA Title III—Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) 42USC~1101et.seq.  This federal mandate was established in response to theUnion Carbide plant in a village just South of Bhopal, India which released approximately forty tons of Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) into the air. Used in the manufacture of pesticides, MIC is a lethal chemical. The gas quickly and silently diffused over the ground and, in the end, killed, by some estimates, upwards to 5,000 people and injured 50,000 more.The purpose of EPCRA is to encourage and support emergency planning efforts at the state and local levels and to provide the public and local governments with information concerning potential chemical hazards present in their communities.  EPCRA does not place limits on which chemicals can be stored, used, released, disposed, or transferred at a facility. It only requires a facility to document, notify, and report information.It is the LEPC’s job to identify and work with these facilities to insure they are reporting on the hazardous materials that are housed within their facilities and have plans in place for their response to a chemical release within their facility.  LEPCs must develop an emergency response plan, review it at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in Monroe County to citizens.  Plans are developed by the LEPC with stakeholder participation such as local fire departments, police departments and facilities who house chemicals. The LEPC also increases hazardous materials safety through public education, emergency planning, responder training, conducting exercises and reviewing actual responses to releases.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every quarter. (January, April, July, October)  All meeting are open to the public in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. Agendas will be posted at least 48 Hours prior to the meeting. Meetings are held at the Monroe County Courthouse Room 14 (EMA Office) at 6:30 p.m.

LEPC Meeting Agendas

LEPC Meeting Minutes

LEPC Community Right To Know Policy

LEPC FOIA Request Form

Contact Emergency Management

Kevin Scheibe, Public Safety Director EMA/911

100 S. Main St., Waterloo, IL 62298
Tel: 618-939-8681 ext. 534, Fax: 618-939-5048,
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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