Local Emergency Planning Committee

THE HANCOCK COUNTY LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE – is your avenue to information about hazardous substances in your community and provides the residents of Hancock County a place where they may gain access to this information. OUR PURPOSE IS:

To assist the public in obtaining information concerning possible risks in their community.

To inform the public by increasing awareness of the identity of hazardous substances that are present or may be transported through their community.

To receive information, analyze hazards, and develop a plan to prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies.

There are various types and quantities of hazardous chemicals, stored in over 140 locations in Hancock County, reported to the LEPC. Hazardous substances are not only found at large chemical plants. They are also used routinely in many small operations – garages, distributors of home heating fuel, etc. Being a transportation corridor for “downeast”, do you know how much chemical travels our roadways? For the law to work, industry, interested citizens, environmental and other public interest organizations, and government at all levels must work together to plan for chemical accidents and to reduce the risk to the public from releases of toxic chemicals into the environment. The law establishes an ongoing forum at the local level for discussion and a focus for action.

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and SARA Title III was written specifically with you in mind. It is based on the principle that the more you and your neighbors know about hazardous chemicals in your community, the better prepared your community will be to manage these potential hazards and improve public safety. By volunteering to work with your LEPC, you can plan a major role in making the law work. Dealing with Chemicals: It’s Everybody’s Job.

In accordance with the EPCRA and SARA Title III, The Hancock County LEPC is hereby giving notice that any members of the public who wish to review the Chemical Inventory Reporting Forms, and Emergency Response Plans may do so at the Hancock County EMA Office, 50 State Street, Ellsworth from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. LEPC meetings are open to the public. For more information call (207) 667-8126.

*January 09, 2024

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) has approved the Hancock County LEPC Hazardous Materials Response Plan. Please follow the hyperlink below to review the plan.