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LEPC

About the LEPC

Many of the chemicals, solvents, and other substances used every day in industry, farming, household cleaning, and even for purifying our drinking water can pose a potential hazard. When used properly, and stored safely, we seldom hear of a problem. However, accidents, fires and unforeseen circumstances do happen.

The mission of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is to protect the community from the harmful and possibly life-threatening effects of a hazardous materials release by developing and implementing policies and procedures for complying with the Emergency Planning and Right-to-Know Act ( EPCRA ), Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA Title III).

The Greenville County LEPC strives to develop emergency plans to educate, communicate, and protect the local community in case of a hazardous materials emergency. The LEPC also collects inventories of regulated chemicals each year. The role of the LEPC is to form partnerships with local industries and governments as a resource for enhancing hazardous materials preparedness. Members of the LEPC come from the public and private sectors and are familiar with environmental and public safety issues. The LEPC also plays a role in community education, providing information regarding citizen response to hazardous materials incidents, health and environmental planning, and environmental risks.

Meetings

Funding Requests

The Greenville County LEPC receives funding through County Ordinance #4295, which enacts a hazardous substance user fee on facilities that house hazardous substances above the threshold planning quantity established by the EPA.

Purpose
The ordinance states that all funds collected are to be used exclusively for hazardous substance safety purposes, including training, equipment, and public awareness materials/education.

How to Apply
Each funding request should be submitted separately using the application below. Email any supporting documentation (quotes, letters, etc.) to the LEPC.

Review Process
Funding is limited and cannot be guaranteed. All applications will be scored based on:

  • Objective (Does it address hazmat safety?)
  • Impact (How many departments/communities will benefit?)
  • Need (Are other resources available?)
  • Value (What is the cost/benefit ratio?)


If scores are similar, priority will be given to those who have never received LEPC funding and to applications that were received first.

Applications can be submitted at any time, but are reviewed twice a year: April and October.

Join The Committee

  • Personal Information

  • Contact Information

  • Company Information

  • Company Physical Address

  • Company Mailing Address (if different)

Tier II Reporting FAQs

  • Any fixed facility with an Extremely Hazardous Substance (EHS) at the Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ), or 500 pounds, whichever is less, as identified in the US EPA Title III consolidated list of lists, is required to report. An example of the TPQ/500 pounds requirement is sulfuric acid, which has a TPQ of 1,000 pounds that drops to 500 pounds for Tier II reporting. You can find this list here.
  • Any fixed facility with 10,000 pounds, or more, of a material with a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) that indicates an OSHA communicated health hazard, is required to report.

Reports are due no later than March 1st every year for materials maintained on-site during the previous calendar year.

  • State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
    South Carolina requires the use of E-Plan to satisfy reporting requirements. For more information on state reporting requirements, visit the SCDHEC website.
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
    The Greenville County LEPC accepts E-Plan submissions. You are not required to mail a paper copy of your report, but may do so if you choose. Please make sure your billing email address is clearly stated on your submission. All invoices will be emailed to the email address indicated on your report.
  • Local Fire Department
    Reporting requirements vary. Please contact your local fire department.
  • The hazardous substance user fee will be calculated using the following schedule: $25 per Hazardous Substance (HS) and $50 per Extremely Hazardous Substance (EHS) with a cap at $2,500.
  • To view the ordinance that establishes the hazardous substance user fee, Download PDF.

No. An invoice will be emailed to the contact listed on your report, unless we receive a request to use a different email address. All payments are due by August 1st and can be made through the link provided in the emailed invoice. 

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