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Emergency Management
 

All Hazards
Local Emergency Planning Committee

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) evolved from federal legislation passed in 1986 known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA or SARA Title III). Grant County's LEPCs undertake an all-hazards approach, planning for all types of emergencies.

LEPCs include representatives from government, industry, elected officials, environmental groups and others:

  • AirLiquide Electronics
  • Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad
  • City of Ephrata
  • City of Warden
  • Columbia Basin Hospital
  • Columbia Colstor — Moses Lake
  • Columbia Colstor — Quincy
  • Double Diamond Fruit
  • Eka Chemicals
  • Ephrata Fire Department
  • Ephrata School District
  • General Dynamic-OTS
  • Genie Industries
  • Grant County Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management Division
  • Grant County Fire District 3
  • Grant County Fire District 4
  • Grant County Fire District 5
  • Grant County Health District
  • Grant County PUD
  • Grant Transit Authority
  • ConAgra — Warden
  • ConAgra — Quincy
  • Joyson Safety Systems
  • Lamb Weston BSW
  • LaserFab
  • Microsoft, Inc.
  • Monsanto
  • Mortenson Construction
  • Moses Lake Fire Dept.
  • Moses Lake Industries
  • National Frozen Foods — Moses Lake
  • National Frozen Foods — Quincy
  • Norco Air Separation Plant
  • Performix Nutrition Systems
  • Port of Moses Lake Fire Dept.
  • Quincy Valley Medical Center
  • REC Silicon
  • Samaritan Healthcare
  • Simplot Grower Solutions — Moses Lake
  • Simplot — Moses Lake
  • SGL
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Warden
  • Warden Police Dept.
  • Warden School District
  • Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries
  • Washington Potato
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Western Polymer
  • Wilbur Ellis — Quincy
  • Williams Pipeline
  • Yellowstone Pipeline Co.

Because of the widespread geography of Grant County and differing community risks, Grant County has four LEPC chapters, which each meet regularly to address concerns and conduct business. Moses Lake and Warden LEPC chapters meet monthly, and the Quincy Valley and Ephrata LEPC chapters meet quarterly. Click on the links below for specific information and meeting times & locations:

Moses Lake

  Ephrata

Warden

  Quincy Valley
Presentations
 

LEPCs have incorporated the planning requirements of Title III into the county’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan developed by Grant County Department of Emergency Management.

Businesses using or generating certain quantities of materials on the EPA's Extremely Hazardous Substance list must report to the LEPC and their local fire departments. 

Who does the emergency planning?
Any business which uses, manufactures, stores or transports hazardous materials is required to have procedures for safe handling of these materials as well as emergency response procedures.

Hazardous Materials
Hazardous materials have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Corrosive

  • Flammable

  • Poisonous

  • Toxic Fumes

Many solids, gasses and liquids used in the production of fuels, medicines, plastics, and other products and processes in our community are classified as hazardous. Hazardous materials are used. stored and transported daily throughout the country.

Under most circumstances, these materials are handled safely.  However, when improperly handled, disposed of or released these substances can become hazardous to people and the environment necessitating coordinated planning for emergencies. 

Community Right to Know
The LEPCs have established a Community Right to Know Program which incorporates the chemicals reported to the LEPC by local businesses.

This program is based upon the 1986 Title III of SARA. This legislation requires local planning by businesses and response agencies (such as fire departments) whenever hazardous materials are involved. SARA also requires the establishment of a system in each community that informs citizens of chemicals used, manufactured or stored locally.

Workers Right to Know
Laws exist which require a Hazard Communication Standard also known as the Worker Right to Know program.  Employers are required to inform employees of chemical hazards present in the workplace.

For more information about Worker Right to Know, contact the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Safety and Health toll free information at: 800.423.7233.

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