Local Emergency Planning Committee

2019 Meeting Dates and Location

Mark your calendars: the 2019 LEPC meeting dates and location have been set! Meetings are held the second Tuesday every quarter from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 104 of the Fabulich Center located at 3600 Port of Tacoma Road, Tacoma, WA 98424.

  • January 8, 2019 (CANCELLED) 
  • April 9, 2019 Agenda and Draft Minutes
  • July 9, 2019
  • October 8, 2019
What is the Pierce County LEPC?

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) are community-based organizations formed under the authority of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (commonly called EPCRA), a United States federal law.

The purpose of EPCRA is two-fold: (1) to encourage and support emergency planning for responding to hazardous chemical incidents; and (2) to provide local governments and the public with information about chemical hazards in their communities.

To better enable cooperation between industry, interested residents, environmental and other public-interest organizations, and government at all levels, the Act established an ongoing "forum" at the local level: the LEPC. EPCRA also established a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) for each state to designate the LEPCs within its territory.

View the latest emergency response plan for Pierce County.

Tier Two Reporting

Inventory reporting provides information on the amounts, location, and storage conditions of hazardous chemicals within Pierce County. The purpose of this requirement is to increase public awareness of chemical hazards in our communities and to better inform emergency planning.

Each year, facilities having hazardous chemicals submit a Tier Two form by March 1 to meet the reporting requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPRCA).

Facilities located in Pierce County, Washington submit their completed Tier Two forms to:


Facilities must also submit completed Tier Two forms to the Washington State Department of Ecology and their local fire department or fire district.

Additional Information

Board Members

  • Chair: Jay Sumerlin (West Pierce Fire and Rescue)
  • Vice Chair: Todd M. Kilpatrick (Pierce County Emergency Management)
  • Secretary: Ute Weber (City of Tacoma Emergency Management)

2018 Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2017 Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Training for LEPC Committee Members

Course Title

Open Public Meetings Training requirement: Every member of a governing body of a public agency must complete training requirements on the OPMA within 90 days of assuming office or taking the oath of office, and at intervals of no more than four years as long as they remain in office.
Training PPT for members of LEPC This training Power Point is for members of the LEPC to study key components of the EPCRA. Frequency is as stated above.