Homestead LEPC

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

EPA Region 7 - March, 2019 Newsletter

March, 2019 - An EPA Region 7’s March 2019 Emergency Preparedness Newsletter is provided here. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information relating to emergency planning/preparedness and accident prevention to the regulated community and emergency responders/planners. 

Articles in this issue include (acronyms defined in newsletter): 

We hope you find this information useful. March, 2019 Newsletter


Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

Under the CFATS program, the Department of Homeland Security works with facilities that are assessed to be at high risk of terrorist attack or exploitation due to their holdings of certain chemicals. These high-risk facilities meet requirements to develop and implement security plans designed to address risk-based performance standards and reduce the threat of terrorism.

CFATS is the first DHS regulatory program focused specifically on security at high-risk chemical facilities. (CFATS Program Flyer...) (Law Enforecment & First Responder Resources...) (Active Shooter Preparedness Program...)


Region 7 Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Conference Updates

Planning for the 2019 conference has started. Please contact Terri Blunk at blunk.terri@epa.gov if you’d like to join the planning committee.


2019 Region 7 LEPC Emergency Planning & Response Conference

February 21, 2019 - Registration is now open for the 2019 EPA Region 7 LEPC & SERC/TERC Conference, to be held in Omaha August 8-10. NEMA will be providing a limited number of registrations for each LEPC, details will come out sometime in March. If you are interested, please mark your calendars.  We look forward to seeing you all in Omaha!  

Event Information & Registration: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=2538237


Region 7 Assists with National Disaster Response Efforts

In 2017 and 2018, EPA Region 7 has deployed multiple personnel to support hurricane and wildfire responses in Texas, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and California. EPA Region 7 conducted 62 deployments to assist Region 6 in response to Hurricane Harvey that impacted Texas. Due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Region 7 had approximately 45 deployments to support Region 2 in response efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Finally, Region 7 had 40 deployments to support Region 9 in response to wildfires in Northern and Southern California.


Farmers Do Not Need to Report Air Releases of Hazardous Substances from Animal Wastes

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2018 Title XI, called the “Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act” or “FARM Act” exempts the reporting of air emissions from animal waste at a farm under CERCLA. When the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issues its mandate vacating the 2008 final rule farms will remain exempt from the CERCLA reporting requirements. For more information visit www.epa.gov/animalwaste


Animal Air Release Reporting

The FARM Act was successfully passed into law by Congress, exempting farms and ranches from reporting animal waste air releases under CERCLA. Full details of the situation and the guidance created by the EPA is located here: www.epa.gov/animalwaste


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