Dist 1 LEPC logoThe District 1 Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and the West Florida Regional Planning Council (WFRPC) will provide two free “how to comply” workshops for Florida facilities reporting chemicals under Tier II.

The first will be held Jan. 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Santa Rosa County Auditorium, 4530 Spikes Way in Milton. Register for Jan. 6 in Santa Rosa County here.

The second workshop will be held Jan. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center, 700 Hwy. 2300 in Panama City. Register for Jan. 7 in Bay County here.

Both events will cover the same materials. Topics will cover regulatory requirements, how to file, and how to avoid common errors. Presenters include Sam Brackett, with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and local first responders.

The Federal SARA Title III Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requires many businesses and government agencies to annually report emergency planning information by March 1st of each year for certain types and amounts of hazardous and toxic chemicals.

WFRPC serves as staff to the LEPC for District 1, encompassing Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington and Bay counties.The LEPC prepares the regional hazardous materials emergency plan, which identifies facilities that use, produce and/or store hazardous substances in northwest Florida. WFRPC maintains public records on hazardous materials and chemicals in the community in compliance with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA).

For more information about the workshops or LEPC, contact Kathy Ahlen at WFRPC, 800-226-8914, ext. 210 or email kathy.ahlen@wfrpc.org.

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