LEPC MISSION STATEMENT:
The LEPC's membership is committed to formulate mitigative activities for the protection of life and property throughout all jurisdictions from the response phase through the recovery phase of any emergency which may occur within Rutherford County. Although the primary focus of an LEPC is hazardous materials related, the Rutherford County LEPC focuses on an "All Hazards" (Man Made, Natural, or Technological events) type of approach. This is accomplished through maintaining a viable and comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan, and Hazard Mitigation Plan in accordance with State and Federal guidlines.
The Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act - SARA Title III of 1986, also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, was created to ensure that citizens are made aware of the chemicals being utilized by industries in their community. In Rutherford County, there are more than 120 companies that use chemicals on the EPA's list of Extremely Hazardous Substances. Companies covered under SARA Title III are required to report chemicals stored and or utilized through annually required Tier II reporting. This information is maintained by the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency and utilized for emergency response planning to such facilities
The Rutherford county LEPC membership consists of local gonvernment officials representing all disciplines and jurisdictions throughout the county: emergency management, police, fire, EMS, public health, hospitals, as well as representatives/partners of critical infrastructures, and facilities subject to the Tier II emergency planning requirements. It is the mission of the LEPC to form partnerships with all parties above mentioned to ensure a well planned, cohesive, and coordinated response to potential events which may impact the citizens of Rutherford County.
Facilities must immediately notify the LEPC through the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency, of a release or potential release into the environment of a hazardous substance that exceeds the reportable quantity for that substance.
Non-emergent Initial notification requirements: Should be made by telephone to the Emergency Management Agency during normal business hours at 615-898-7764.
Emergency notification requirements DIAL 911.
Emergency notification information needs to include:
- PRIMARY EMERGENCY INFORMATION
- Name and telephone number of facility liaison;
- Address of facility;
- EXACT Location to which responders should stage;
- (Weather conditions with Wind Direction if possible)
- The chemical name(s);
- Basic overview of Hazards associated with the substance;
- Number of injured or potentially exposed victims;
- Visible signs and symptoms being exhibited;
- Precautions being activated such as evacuation or sheltering-in-place;
- The time and duration of the release and if release is stopped or on-going;
- An estimate of the quantity released into the environment;
- SECONDARY INFORMATION
- Whether the release occurred into air, water, and/or ground;
- Cause of the release;
- A written follow-up emergency notice as soon as practicable after the release.
- The follow-up notice or notices must include:
- Update information included in the initial notice,
- And Provide information on actual response actions taken
FACILITY TIER II REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
RUTHERFORD COUNTY LEPC HAS GONE PAPERLESS!
Effective October 2009, the Rutherford County LEPC, by the authority given by the SARA Title III legislation, made Electronic Filing Mandatory to all facilities located within Rutherford County. Paper reports are no longer accepted! This is accomplished through a secured web site called E Plan. Facilities may access this site by clicking on the below E Plan icon. For questions concerning the reporting process or E Plan please contact Emergency Management at 615-898-7764.
Facilities are required to follow federal and state mandates for reporting requirements. The state Title III Coordinator at TEMA will accept hard copy reports, but encourages the use of E Plan filing.