Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Staff Contact

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

Chief Robert Bassett – Chairman

Frank DeFrancesco – Vice-Chair

John Meyer – Coordinator


  • A virtual meeting of the Tampa Bay LEPC will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. Click here for the agenda and associated materials.
  • 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.
  • The 2020 EPCRA How-To-Comply / E-Plan Filing Instructions Workshops were held on February 5th & 6th. The following constitutes a link to the presentation. Click Here.
  • Mr. Jeff Tobergte of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection/Office of Emergency Response was named the recipient of the 2019 Thomas Yatabe Award for the Tampa Bay LEPC. Robert Collins, Mike Bloski, Brooke Martin, Frank DeFrancesco, David Ray, & Darryl Turmel all received  Certificates of Appreciation. Read more about these award recipients.

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.