Homestead LEPC

Serving Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline, and Thayer Counties

LEPC UPDATES

 

CERCLA and EPCRA Reporting Requirements for Air Releases of Hazardous Substances from Animal Waste at Farms

On November 22, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals granted a further stay of the mandate until January 22, 2018. Earlier this year, the EPA will begin requiring farms to report air releases of ammonia from animal waste. More information can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/epcra/cercla-and-epcra-reporting-requirements-air-releases-hazardous-substances-animal-waste-farms

ICS 300-400 in Panhandle

Coming up on January 12-14 and March 3-4, the Panhandle PET Region will be hosting ICS 300 and 400, respectively, in Chadron. There is no cost to attend, but no lodging or meals will be provided. Attendees must have completed ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800 before attending ICS 300. Please contact Nan Gould, Region 23 Emergency Management, for more information: reg23ema@bbc.net

New Staff Hired: Peter DeAngelis

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency has hired a new Radiological Calibration Specialist to replace Michael Loftis. Peter DeAngelis worked for Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station in a variety of capacities and brings a wealth of experience to the NEMA team.

SERC Met on October 3rd

The State Emergency Response Commission met on October 3rd, 2017. A strategic planning workshop was conducted after the regular business meeting. The next SERC meeting will be on January 16th in Lincoln. Minutes from the last meeting can be found here: https://nema.nebraska.gov/sites/nema.nebraska.gov/files/doc/serc-minutes-100317.pdf

HAZMAT Carriers: Lunch and Learn

Learn about the proper certifications and training for hazardous materials transportation with Nebraska State Patrol Sergeant Brad Wagner on December 14th in Lincoln. Meeting will be at the NonProfit Hub, cost for lunch is $25. Must register by emailing Becke Galarza (rgalarza@nebtrucking.com) by noon on Tuesday, December 12th. Please direct all questions to Becke at the Nebraska Trucking Association.

Legal Action against New Jersey SERC and LEPC

The New Jersey SERC and the City of Linden and its LEPC are being sued by the New Jersey Work Environment Council for failure to produce Emergency Response Plans and make them known to the public. As you know, part of the Nebraska Emergency Preparedness and Community Right to Know Act was the creation of the LEPCs and the mandate to prepare Local Emergency Operations Plans. This is one case to follow as it progresses. This article is old, but gives more details: https://legalnewsline.com/stories/511113237-environmental-group-accuses-new-jersey-city-of-violations


Upcoming LEPC Meetings

For more information or to confirm the location for upcoming LEPC meetings in your area, contact James Rashilla or your local emergency manager.


Southeast Nebraska Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)

PROCESS

The 14 counties in Southeast Nebraska have used the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process to determine threats and hazards most pertinent to the region and identify capability targets and resources to meet those targets. The Southeast Region uses the standard THIRA process to identify threats and hazards of concern, provide context to those threats, establish capability targets, and estimate resources requirements necessary to meet those targets.

The Southeast THIRA process uses a whole community approach, involving communities throughout the region. This approach recognizes the responsibility of all individuals living in communities to participate in prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery associated with natural and human-caused disasters in the region. Stakeholders include:


Homestead LEPC Honored with Region 7 Partnership Award

The Homestead Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) received the Large LEPC Award for “Outstanding Achievement in planning, prevention, and risk reduction in the Community” at the Region 7 LEPC/TERC Conference. The Homestead LEPC serves the counties of Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline, and Thayer counties.

A Local Emergency Planning Committee is a gathering of community representatives who have an interest in hazardous materials safety and emergency preparedness. The LEPC works to minimize risk, prevent accidents, and assist in the development of plans to deal with chemical emergencies and other hazards. Every county is required to have an LEPC and these five counties have joined together to better coordinate planning, training, and resources.

The Homestead LEPC is made up of members from local elected officials, county emergency managers, public health department, health care facilities, fire departments, rescue units, and businesses that have extremely hazardous chemicals. This organization meets quarterly on the first Thursday in March, June, September, and December. The meeting date, time, and location is published in the local newspapers. Anyone who has an interest in emergency planning is welcomed to attend the meeting and actually encouraged to become an active member. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Homestead LEPC, please contact your local Emergency Manager. (Press Release...)

Emergency Managers Pictured Above:   Jim Dunker, Fillmore County; John McKee, Jefferson & Interim Saline County; William McPherson, Thayer County; and Tim Stutzman, Gage County