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Nuclear Power PlantWHAT IS THE LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE (LEPC)?
The LEPC is a group of local individuals from specific agencies and interested community members who assure that our community has the planning and resource capabilities to effectively handle chemical emergencies.

MISSION STATEMENT
To prepare citizens, industries, and local emergency response agencies for chemical accidents by developing a comprehensive community program that will benefit the entire citizens of Columbia County including developing emergency response plans, conducting training exercises, and providing public education programs. 
 
WHO SERVES ON THE LEPC?
The SARA Title III law requires that LEPC’s be comprised of representatives from private industry, emergency response agencies, chemical transporters, educators, environmental groups, health department, government officials, news media, and private citizens. View committee list below.

HOW DOES THE LEPC KNOW WHAT TO PLAN FOR?
All facilities that maintain over the specified amounts of hazardous substances in inventory are required to report that information to the Local Emergency Planning Committee, the State Emergency Response Commission, and the local fire department in their jurisdiction. This information is due on March 1 of each year with information pertaining to the previous year. These reports are called "chemical inventories" and include information about the facility's emergency coordinator, type(s) of chemical, amount(s) stored on a daily basis, storage information, and the hazards associated with each chemical listed.

Certain chemicals that can harm people or the environment are listed as "Extremely Hazardous Substances" (EHS’s). EHS’s are given lower reported amounts called "Threshold Planning Quantities" or TPQ’s, which are required reporting for amounts as low as 10 pounds (such as chlorine), up to 500 pounds or more of these chemicals

PERFORMANCE MEASURES
The measure of success in government and public service organizations is how we provide and improve service to our citizens. The criteria used to measure the success of our LEPC include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Organizing and administering the LEPC
  • Collecting and filing hazard data (e.g., material safety data sheets, tier I and tier II reports, etc.)
  • Conducting site-specific vulnerable zone analysis
  • Developing site-specific emergency response plans and standard operating procedures
  • Assisting the hazardous materials response team with obtaining the necessary training and equipment
  • Acquiring and maintaining emergency communications
  • Developing training programs for all local emergency responders
  • Developing protective action decision guides
  • Acquiring and maintaining warning systems
  • Analyzing evacuation and shelter-in-place time for local populations
  • Promoting community toxic chemical hazard awareness
  • Education the community regarding proper protective actions

COLUMBIA COUNTY LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP LIST 

Name

Community Position

Organization

Jim Adkins

Citizen Member

Community

Vince Brogdon

Emergency Medical Services

Gold Cross EMS

 Kelly Charles  Schools  Columbia County Board of Education

Vacant

Fire Department

Columbia County Fire Rescue

Margaret Doss

Water Utility

Columbia County
Water Utility

Christine Dron

Industry

Club Car, Inc.

Robert Fields

Water Utility

Harlem Water Department

Wendell Freeman

Chemical Transport

CSX Transportation

Linda Graves

Public Health

Columbia County

Health Department

Caroline Guay

Industry

Dixie LP Gas, Inc.

Vacant

Public Safety

Grovetown Department of Public Safety

Andy Kaczmarek  Industry  Quad Graphics

Captain Wayne Kent

Public Safety

Grovetown Department of Public Safety

Danny Kuhlmann

Fire Department

Columbia County Fire Rescue

Lindsey Land

Natural Gas Company

Atlanta Gas Light

Andy Leanza  EMA

 Columbia County
Emergency Services Division

Abbi Lennon  News Media  Columbia County News Times

Chief Tripp Lonergan

Fire Department

City of Harlem

Randy Maddox

Utility

Georgia Power Company

Shari Mendrick

Engineering/Floodplain Management

Development Services Division

Vincent Pacchiana

Emergency Preparedness

Fort Gordon

Gary Richardson  Electred Official  Columbia County Commissioner

Mike Rorick

Citizen Member

Community

Vacant

Emergency Services Coordinator

Red Cross – Augusta Chapter

Vacant

Emergency Services/EMA

Columbia County
Emergency Services Division

Vacant

Industry

John Deere

Doug Varnadore

Industry

AB Beverage Company

Jennifer Weeks

EMS Coordinator

University Hospital

Major Rick Whitaker

Law Enforcement

Columbia County

Sheriff’s Office

Frank Williams

Industry

HEPACO, Inc.

 

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