The state is divided into four local emergency planning districts. Within each planning district, a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) exists which includes local government, emergency response officials, environmental and citizens groups, industry, and other interested parties. Each county in the state has an LEPC.
LEPCs serve as focal points in communities for information about hazardous substances, emergency planning measures, and health and environmental risks due to hazardous substances.
Local LEPCs consist of local representatives familiar with factors that affect public safety, the environment, and the economy of a community.
Plans developed by LEPCs must include the identity and location of hazardous materials, procedures for immediate response to chemical accidents, ways to notify the public about actions they must take, names of coordinators at plants, and schedules and plans for testing the plan.
In addition to developing response plans, LEPCs also receive emergency release and hazardous chemical inventory information submitted by local facilities, and makes this information available to the public upon request. LEPCs may charge a nominal fee for this informational service. Furthermore, LEPCs have the authority to request information from facilities for their own planning purposes or on behalf of others. LEPCs can visit facilities in a community to learn what is being done to reduce hazards, prepare for accidents, and reduce hazardous inventories and releases. LEPCs can take civil actions against facilities if they fail to provide information required under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
Hawaii established a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) to provide hazardous materials planning, funding, training and education, and oversight of Local Emergency Planning Committees.
The role of the Hawaii LEPC is to form partnerships with: local governments, communities, academia and industries as a resource for enhancing hazardous materials preparedness. Local governments are responsible for the integration of HAZMAT planning and response within their jurisdiction. This includes ensuring the local hazard analysis adequately addresses hazmat incidents; incorporating planning for hazmat incidents into the local emergency management plan and annexes; assessing capabilities and developing hazmat response capability using local resources, mutual aid and contractors; training responders; and exercising the plan.
EPCRA’s emergency planning provisions are designed to promote the discovery and mitigation of risks associated with chemical use. To reduce risks, prevention, preparedness, and quick response to chemical emergencies are best. If properly executed, these three measures can make the difference between disaster and slight inconvenience.
Prevention involves identifying the causes of, and reducing the potential for, chemical accidents to occur. Proper safety measures, sound management practices, and preventive maintenance all reduce the potential for chemical accidents. No chemical safety management program can be guaranteed 100 percent effective.
Preparedness involves anticipating accidents that may occur despite prevention measures, and developing contingency, or emergency response, plans. Emergency response plans help facilities and local and state governments respond to accidents quickly and efficiently. These plans outline the procedures a facility and the community should follow in responding to a release. When accidents occur, it is imperative that the various players in the response process know their roles and use their resources wisely.
The emergency planning process has a greater impact than the plan itself, encouraging awareness, communication, and coordination of efforts.
|Kosaki, Gerald||LEPC Co-Chair||808-443-4150||Gerald.Kosaki@hawaiicounty.gov|
|Enriques, Jarrett||BEI Hawaiiemail@example.com|
|Pastrama, Tony||Big Island Biodieselfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Inouye, Newton||Civilian Representative||808-895-0404||Newtinouye@yahoo.com|
|Cummings, David||Hamakua Energy Partnersemail@example.com|
|Magno, Talmadge||Hawaii County Civil Defensefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Burian, Andrew||Hawai‘i County Policeemail@example.com|
|Peard, John||Hawai‘i DOH-HEER Officefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Uchida, Michel||Hawai‘i Fire Dept. - HazMatemail@example.com|
|Honda, Eric||Hawai‘i State DOH||933-0917||Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bowen, John||Hazmat consultant||935-2785||Tkco12@aol.com|
|Westergard, Cal||Dept. of Agricultureemail@example.com|
|Aruga, Tracy||Hilo Medical Center||932-3538||TAruga@hhsc.org|
|Ron Quesada||Puna Geothermal Venturefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Leonard, Chris||New West Broadcasting Groupemail@example.com|
|Napeahi, Terri||Keaukaha Action Networkfirstname.lastname@example.org|