As directed by NDCC 37-17.1-07.1
, Grant County has an appointed Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) consisting of membership from a cross-section of the community it serves. The LEPC meets semi-annually (spring and fall) to oversee and maintain hazardous chemicals and emergency response plans and coordinate training, exercise and equipment needs for maximum preparedness.
The Grant County LEPC publishes the Public Notice indicated below in accordance with Section 324 of the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA Title III) of 1986. Title III of the SARA is the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). EPCRA establishes reporting, planning and emergency notification requirements to help business, industry and government reduce the danger that hazardous and toxic chemicals pose to the public. This is accomplished by requiring reporting facilities which store hazardous chemicals in excess of the specified quantities to report this information to the state and local governments.
- Each chemical storage facility located in Grant County that meet the storage thresholds are required to report annually to the ND Department of Emergency Services and subsequently to the Office of Emergency Management of the specific facility location, type and quantity of chemicals, emergency contacts and owner/operator.
- In accordance with SARA Title III, this information is available for public review at the Grant County Office of Emergency Management. Individuals/agencies requesting to review a facility's report/chemical inventory must submit the request in writing. Requests for review must be facility/location specific. Requests can be made in writing to:
Grant County Office of Emergency Management, 106 2nd Ave NE, Carson, ND 58529.
After receipt and review of this request, the Grant County LEPC will schedule a time during normal business hours and staff availability for the requesting individual/agency to view the reports.
- Grant County receives funds through the State Hazardous Chemical Preparedness and Response Program based on fees charged to each reporting chemical facility. These funds are received from the ND Department of Emergency Services and deposited in a Hazardous Chemical Account by the County Treasurer, managed by the LEPC and monitored by the County Auditor for authorized expenditures. These funds are for the purpose of carrying out the hazardous chemicals preparedness and response programs to include training, exercising, equipment and response costs.