2008 SERC Awards


At the February 25, 2009 LEPC meeting, Tampa Bay (District VIII) LEPC Vice-Chair Jeff Tobergte (right) presented Mr. William (Bill) Lofgren (left) with the 2008 Thomas Yatabe Awardfor outstanding performance in the implementation and support of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

Mr. Lofgren was coordinator of the Tampa Bay LEPC from 1994 until his retirement in late 2008. His numerous accomplishments have helped to establish the Tampa Bay LEPC as one of the finest in the state. In 1995, he was principal author of the High Risk, High Priority Anhydrous Study – Tampa Bay, which was conducted when several EPA chemical audits on Tampa Bay ammonia terminals recommended further study. He has also shepherded the region’s Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) program from its inception and overseen the responsible spending of $281,000.00 for hazardous materials and related training.

As a planner, Mr. Lofgren was responsible for the annual revision of the Tampa Bay LEPC Emergency Response Plan and for overseeing nine biennial exercises to test the plan and its various revisions. He has been an active participant with homeland security issues and exercises and taught the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) over the last several years training over 250 people in the critical skills necessary to conduct and document exercises using both federal and state exercise and training funds.

Additionally, Mr. Lofgren has served on numerous advisory boards and committees in the Tampa Bay area. He served on the U.S. Coast Guard’s Area Committee, and was Chair of the Preparedness Subcommittee. He also assisted with three major revisions of the Area Contingency Plan covering the entire west coast of Florida. Throughout his 14-year tenure as LEPC Coordinator and expert on the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, Mr. Lofgren has assisted hundreds of businesses and organizations with hazardous materials planning to prevent the spill or release of hazardous materials in the community.

Mr. Lofgren worked very closely with Mr. Thomas Yatabe, for whom this award is named. He spent many hours arranging numerous EPA inspection visits and accompanying Mr. Yatabe on these visits to the Tampa Bay area.

The 14 years Mr. Lofgren devoted to the Tampa Bay LEPC and to the EPCRA program embodies both the spirit and intent of the Thomas Yatabe Annual Award presented by the Florida Statewide Emergency Response Commission (SERC). He is most deserving of this prestigious recognition.