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Knox County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

LEPC_logo_2021What Is the LEPC?

LEPC - Local Emergency Planning Committee

LEPC or Local Emergency Planning Committee is a voluntary organization which is established in an Emergency Planning District and designed by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). LEPC's are crucial to local hazardous materials planning along with the community right-to-know programs. The membership comes from the local area, who are familiar with factors that affect public safety, the environment, and the economy of the jurisdiction. That expertise is essential as LEPC advises the writers of the Local Emergency Response Plan, to tailored the plan to meet the needs of its planning district. In addition to its formal duties, the LEPC serves as a focal point in the community for information and discussions about hazardous substance emergency planning, and health and environmental risks as well as natural disaster planning.

The LEPC meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. All meetings are open to the public. Currently meetings are being held via Zoom, so if you are interested in attending, send an email to to request the meeting Zoom link.


The provisions of EPCRA at the federal level require that the following groups are represented on each LEPC:

  • Elected State and Local officials (e.g., Mayor, State Representatives, Board of Commissioners).
  • Law enforcement (e.g., Police, Sheriff, State Police)
  • Civil Defense (e.g., county or local Emergency Management Coordinator)
  • Fire fighting (e.g., Fire Marshal, Fire Chief, Fire Trainer, both paid and volunteer)
  • First aid and Health (e.g., Emergency Medical Services (EMS), health department representative)
  • Local Environmental (e.g., local public interest groups, Audubon Society, Wastewater Treatment)
  • Hospital (e.g., local hospital)
  • Transportation personnel (e.g. local trucking/rail firm representative, Public Works and Department of Transportation (DOT) personnel)
  • Broadcast and print media (e.g. newspaper reporter, radio or television )
  • Community groups (e.g., neighborhood association, service clubs) and owners/operators of facilities subject ot the reporting requirements of SARA Title III

In accordance with SARA Title III Community Right-to-Know Law, the Knox County Local Emergency Planning Committee is hereby giving notice that the Chemical Emergency Response Plans and Information are available for public review during regular business hours Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Knox County EMA Office located in the Knox County Public Safety Building, 301 Park Street, Rockland, ME 04841  Tel (207) 594-5155

New! Household Hazardous Waste Info from the USEPA

What is a household hazardous waste? 

Many common household items contain chemicals that can create environmental hazards if not handled properly. These wastes include TVs, computer monitors and other electronic devices, waste oil or gasoline, fluorescent lights, thermometers and thermostats, batteries, old paint, and pesticides. You can contact your local solid waste facility or municipal office for more specifics on local disposal and recycling options.

Knox County Transfer Stations

Last updated 1/5/2022