Fixed Site Incidents
Hazardous material sites are all around us in the City of McKinney, and many are used daily within our society in chemical manufacturers, service stations, hospitals and hazardous materials waste sites. Most of these products when used and handled properly pose no danger to the public. Collin County has a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) that ensures residents and workers in Collin County are aware and informed of their right to know what chemicals are being stored, used, released and discarded in the county.
In 1986, Congress enacted the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) and Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act Title III (SARA Title III) in direct response to the 1984 Union-Carbide toxic gas release in Bhopal, India. Under United States Code Title 42, the LEPC is the organization responsible for development and implementation at the local level of the plans set-forth and required by this legislation.
Collin County LEPC Objectives
- Obtain and provide the general public with information mandated under EPCRA and SARA Title III, inform citizens of their right to know, and assure those living in Collin County that their Local Emergency Planning Committee will act effectively
- Provide a hazardous substances emergency response plan
- Educate the general public what to do in the event of an emergency
- Work as a partner with business and industry to increase awareness and emphasize the importance of reporting significant releases and up-to-date inventories
- Educate and provide information to the general public that will enhance the performance of first responders and support agencies within Collin County and the region to be better prepared for an emergency