State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
In response to concerns for safety around chemical facilities, Congress enacted the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). EPCRA covers the manufacture, use, exposure, transportation, and public education of hazardous materials. The SERC is the leading entity in the implementation of SARA at the state level to mitigate the effects of an accidental release or spill of hazardous materials. The SERC establishes Local Emergency Planning Districts within Alaska and manages the State's Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC). Alaska statute also directs the SERC to be an all-hazard SERC. This means that the Alaska SERC is tasked to address hazardous materials issues and all other hazards and threats that might create an emergency situation in Alaskan communities. Select the SERC Home link for SERC information. Alaska Statute 26.23.071 establishes the Alaska SERC and specifies it's duties.
Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC)
Each Local Emergency Planning District (LEPD) has its own LEPC. LEPC members are volunteers who live in the LEPD. The SERC approves LEPC members. The LEPC implements EPCRA at the local level. Select the LEPC Home link for LEPC information.
The responsibility to coordinate SERC and LEPC activities in Alaska resides with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 907-428-7000. The SERC Coordinator is Kim Weibl, 907-428-7020, email Kim Weibl.
The next SERC/LEPCA meeting will be held in Anchorage on Friday October 11, 2013. The SERC meeting will be held from 1 PM to 5 PM and the LEPCA meeting will be held from 8 AM to 11:30 AM at the Dena’ina Center, 600 W. 7th Avenue Anchorage AK.
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