Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
In the late 1980’s the implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act created a repository for documenting the storage of hazardous materials in the community. In conjunction with these laws the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was formed to help identify priorities and provide oversight to local emergency planning. Most recently Homeland Security issues have become an additional focus for planning activities and resource development.
Green County LEPC
Wisconsin, each county has a Local Emergency Planning
Committee (LEPC) consisting of local elected officials, emergency response personnel (fire, police, EMS, etc.), the
media, the public, and industry. These volunteers
participate in emergency response planning, training
and exercises. The emergency planning addresses
chemical hazards present at permanent facilities and
on transportation routes. Green County Emergency Management coordinates the meetings and activities of the LEPC.
Hazardous Materials in our Community
Facilities are required to report Extremely Hazardous Substance(EHS) present at any one-time, that are on the EHS list at 40 CFR Part 355, in amounts that equal or exceed the chemical-specific Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ). Also, substances that are not on the list, but over 10,000 pounds must be reported. For more information click on this link:
In 2013, there were 57 facilities in Green County that reported quantities of EHS or substances over 10,000 lbs and 29 of them required an off site hazardous material plan. Green County Emergency Management develops these plans, free of charge, and regularly updates them. Copies of the plans are provided to the local fire department and Wisconsin Emergency Management.
Information about these hazardous chemicals and locations within Green County are available at the Green County Emergency Management Office, 2827 6th Street, Monroe, WI. Inquiries must be made in writing and be specific as to the information requested in the files, telephone inquiries will not be accepted. Information requested will be available within 10 business days after receipt of the request. Copies of documents will be made at the expense of the requestor and at rates established by Green County.Please understand that information available is limited to compliance with P.L. 99-499 and does not include all chemicals that may pose a threat to humans, animals or the environment.