Local Emergency Planning Committee

Meetings of the Socorro County Local Emergency Planning Committee  are held in the west wing of the Socorro County Annex Building, 198 Neel Ave, at 10:00a.m. the third Thursday of every month.

About the LEPC

Local Emergency Planning Committees were mandated to exist by the 1986 Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) 

SARA Title III establishes requirements for Federal, State and local governments, Indian Tribes, and industry, regarding emergency planning and “Community Right-to-Know” reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals. The Community Right-to-Know provisions help increase the public’s knowledge and access to information on chemicals at individual facilities, their uses, and releases into the environment. States and communities, working with facilities, can use the information to improve chemical safety and to protect public health and the environment.


The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted by Congress in 1980 to clean up the nation's hazardous waste sites and to provide for emergency response to releases of hazardous substances into the environment. CERCLA is also called Superfund, and the hazardous waste sites are known as Superfund sites. In response to continuing community concern regarding hazardous materials and chemical release tragedies, a reauthorization and expansion of Superfund was signed into law in 1986. It is known as the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA); Title III of SARA (“SARA Title III”) is the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA).

While LEPCs are all specifically charged with dealing with hazardous materials, many if not most have chosen an “all hazard” approach. We have done so in Socorro County.

The Socorro County LEPC came into being in 2003, at first largely driven by the Socorro Amateur Radio Association. Since that time members have come from a wide variety of agencies and organizations, and we have developed an Emergency Operations Plan (found under the Emergency Management Page of this website). We invite your participation in keeping the Plan current. 

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