Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Staff Contact

John Meyer
Principal Planner
(727)570-5151 ext. 29

Chief Scott Ehlers – Chairman

Frank DeFrancesco – Vice-Chair

John Meyer – Coordinator

Announcements

  • Operation Cleansweep is a mobile collection program that provides a safe way to dispose of cancelled, suspended and unusable pesticides for Farms/Groves, Greenhouses, Nurseries, Golf Courses, Pest Control Services and/or public sector agencies.  The FREE pick-up service is available for up to 1,000 pounds of product(s).  The program is administered by the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services in partnership with many agencies.  For more information on the program, click here.
  • LEPC Meeting: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the offices of the TBRPC 4000 Gateway Centre Blvd Ste. 100 Pinellas Park, Florida 33782. Click here for a link to the agenda and associated materials.
  • The 2020 EPCRA How-To-Comply / E-Plan Filing Instructions Workshops was held on February 5th (1:30 to 3:00 p.m.) & 6th (9:30 to 11:00 a.m.) Click here for informational Flyer concerning the workshops. A link to the presentations will be posted here following the workshops.
  • Capt. Frank DeFrancesco of Hernando County Fire Rescue was named the recipient of the 2017 Thomas Yatabe Award for the Tampa Bay LEPC. Lt. Neil Kummerer of the St. Petersburg Fire Department received a Certificate of Appreciation. Read more about these award recipients by clicking here.

About LEPC

The Tampa Bay Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), is charged with facilitating regional hazardous materials emergency response and compliance with hazardous materials reporting laws.

Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), requires public and private facilities that use, produce or store extremely hazardous substances or hazardous chemicals, to report their inventories on an annual basis.

The Tampa Bay Regional Council serves as the public access repository for the reports filed under Sections 311/312 of EPCRA in the Tampa BayLEPC area which includes Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. This information is used to compile local and regional hazardous materials emergency response plans which are put into action in the event of a chemical emergency. The plans are updated regularly as more facilities come into compliance or as inventories change. Information under Sections 311/312 of EPCRA is also available to the public by calling John Meyer, Tampa Bay LEPC Coordinator at (727) 570-5151, Ext. 29.