Local Emergency Planning Committee

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 was enacted by Congress to help assist local communities prepare for and respond to local chemical emergencies. EPCRA requires facilities to report chemical storage and release information and instructs communities to develop emergency response plans. The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), which is appointed by the state governor, determines emergency planning districts and appoints Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs).

The LEPC is responsible for developing a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response plan, reviewing the plan and making information available to the citizens about chemicals in the community. Effective planning and collaborative effort can save lives, reduce property losses and lessen environmental impacts during chemical emergencies.

LEPC Membership

  • Elected state and local officials
  • Fire and Law Enforcement personnel
  • Civil Defense personnel
  • Public Health professionals
  • Hospital officials
  • Environment and transportation officials
  • Facility representatives
  • Community Groups
  • Media representatives


The Allegany County LEPC meets four times per calendar year. Meeting dates, times and locations are advertised in the Cumberland Times-News, and an e-mail invitation to committee members is sent prior to each scheduled meeting. The LEPC Executive Committee may conduct additional meetings to address specific topics relevant to the LEPC’s mission and goals.

Community Right-to-Know

Citizens have the right to know which chemicals are stored in their community. This information may be obtained by calling (301) 876-9155 to set up an appointment. A photo ID will be required to review the information and current Allegany County Government fees may apply for requested copies.

Document Review Location

Allegany County Department of Emergency Services
11400 PPG Road, SE
Cumberland, MD 21502