Memphis-Shelby County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
- 10:30 am
- The 3rd Thursday of every other month (Starting in January)
- Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Emergency Operations Center
1075 Mullins Station Road
Memphis, TN 38134
- Future Meetings:
- March 21, 2024
- May 16, 2024
- July 18, 2024
- September 19, 2024
- November 21, 2024
Nick RidgeChairman/Ideal Chemical
Pat KitchensCo-Chair/HELM Fertilizer
Greg VaughnCo-Chair/Canadian National Railway
Greg WaymonCo-Chair/City of Memphis Office of Emergency Management
Bridging the Gap Between Industry, Government & Community
Listening and responding to the public's concerns about hazardous materials and providing accurate information to the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County are important roles of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
Each meeting is open to the general public, so we invite you to participate in our meetings and learn more about the LEPC. The LEPC is a vital link between industry and the community when developing readiness and responding to chemical emergencies. Knowing what to do when a chemical emergency occurs can mean the difference between life and death.
Should you need further information about the Memphis/Shelby County LEPC, call Shelby County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency at 901-222-6700 or email LEPC.
What is LEPC?
The Memphis/Shelby County LEPC (MSCLEPC) is an organization mandated under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, or EPCRA. MSCLEPC works collectively with public safety, private industry, and the community to provide guidance for emergency planning in the event of an accidental hazardous material incident. The LEPC is made up of elected officials, members of law enforcement, emergency management, fire departments, transportation, hospitals, the health department, representatives of the community, industry, and the print and broadcast media.
Role of the LEPC
The LEPC serves as a liaison in the community for information and discussions about hazardous substances, emergency planning, and health and environmental risks. The community can expect the LEPC to reply to questions about chemical hazards and risk management.
We have other responsibilities besides working with our local emergency management agencies in developing emergency response plans. The LEPC receives chemical release and hazardous chemical inventory information submitted by local facilities and makes this information available to the public at the Shelby County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency. Just call and ask or, come down and see us!
The LEPC has the authority to request additional information from facilities for their own planning purposes or on behalf of others. The LEPC can also visit facilities in the community to find out what they are doing to reduce hazards, prepare for accidents, and reduce hazardous inventories and releases.
As an "unfunded mandate" the LEPC has no annual budget and relies on support from its members and grants.
These meetings are open to members of the general public.
Check the MSCLEPC calendar for updated information on regularly scheduled meetings
The LEPC shall consist of at least as many members as needed to include one each from the required groups or organizations in Place 99-499 (PDF), as appointed and reported to the TERC and Governor. Groups and organizations include:
- Elected state officials
- Elected local officials
- Law enforcement
- Emergency Management
- First aid
- Local environmental
- Broadcast Media
- Print Media
- Community groups
- Owners and operators of facilities subject to the requirements of Place 99-499
An individual member maintains membership by attending a minimum of three regular LEPC meetings per calendar year. Individual members shall serve from year to year and may hold unlimited successive annual terms as long as they are active members maintaining current membership status.
Organizational members may designate an alternate to represent them at regular meetings. Such designees will have full voting rights on behalf of the regular member.
There shall be no limit on the number of members approved by the LEPC for confirmation except that there shall be no more than one voting member from each facility or organization.