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


  • 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, August 28, 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.
  • Tampa Bay HMEP Training Subcommittee Meeting Notice – February 27, 2019 @ 9:30 A.M.  The Tampa Bay LEPC’s HMEP Training Subcommittee met to discuss and strategize training expenditures and initiatives anticipated for the Tampa Bay LEPC District during FY 2018-19.  The meeting took place at the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, 4000 Gateway Centre Blvd., Suite 100, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.
  • The Facilities Disaster Planning Subcommittee of the Tampa Bay LEPC (District VIII) has developed an All-Hazards Guide for Businesses: Planning for Risks. This downloadable PDF Resource Manual is designed to assist businesses with the development of more thorough Disaster Plans by identifying data and resources associated with a variety of man-made and natural hazards. Click here to download the All Hazards Guide for Businesses.
  • The 2019 EPCRA How-To-Comply / E-Plan Filing Instructions Workshops was held on February 4th (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.) & 5th (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.) Click here for the combined presentation (PDF).
  • 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.