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Town of Westborough, Massachusetts
Town of Westborough, Massachusetts
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Local Emergency Planning Committee
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Address:
34 West Main Street
Westborough, MA 01581
Phone:
508-366-3040
Fax:
508-366-0079
 
Link to Page
Board/Commission Members
Name
Position
Representing
Robert W. Rand, Chairman
Fire Captain/HazMat Technician
Fire, EMS, and Emergency Mngmt.
Gerry Sjogren, Vice Charman
Safety Manager
Industry
Judy Wilchynski, Secretary
 
Community Member
Denzil Drewry, Liason
 
Board of Selectmen
Brian Ashe
Facility Manager
Salmon Health & Retirement
John Beleda
Operations Manager
Transflo
Dennis Cote
Operations Manager
Public Works and EHS facility
Priscilla Federici
 
Community Member
Alan Gordon
Police Chief
Police
Lynn Keeley
Director of PI/PQ and Safety
Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital
James Malloy
Town Manager
Local Government
Vacant
Director
Health and Environment
Walter Perron
Fire Chief
Fire, EMS, and Emergency Mngmt.
Rebecca Roman
Administrator
Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital
Vacant
Manager
Media
John Walden
Manager
Public Works and EHS facility
Vacant
Facilities Manager
Public Schools

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WESTBOROUGH’S LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE

The mission statement of the Town of Westborough’s Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is to ensure the community’s emergency response network is trained to a competent level to respond to hazardous materials incidents. This is accomplished by encouraging a partnership between the Town, State, businesses, industries, and residents through the exchange of information, mutual planning, and public outreach with the resources available to the Committee.

Local Emergency Planning Committee Background and Responsibilities

In 1986, Congress passed the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act commonly known as the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, Title III (SARA Title III). It required each governor to appoint a state emergency response commission (SERC). It also charged the SERCs with the responsibility of dividing the states into planning districts and appointing local emergency planning committees (LEPCs). In 1987, the Massachusetts State Emergency Response Commission, designated sub-areas as planning districts and appointed a Local Emergency Planning Committee for each city and town within them. The legislation required that the committees have representation from a specified number of interest groups such as elected and local officials, law enforcement, emergency management, firefighting, emergency medical services, health, local environmental and transportation agencies, hospitals, broadcast and print media, community groups, and representatives of facilities subject to the emergency planning and community right-to-know requirements.

The Westborough LEPC’s initial task was to develop an emergency plan to prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies. The plan needs to be reviewed annually, tested, and updated. Because the Westborough LEPC's members represent the community, they are familiar with factors that affect public safety, the environment, and the economy of the Town. That expertise was essential as the LEPC developed a plan tailored to the needs of Westborough.

The Westborough LEPC also receives emergency releases and hazardous chemical inventory information submitted by local facilities and must make this information available to the public upon request. It must establish and publicize procedures for handling these requests. ~In light of the 9-11 attack on this country, a heightened sense of awareness has been requested by many citizens including what actions can be taken by our emergency resources.

The Westborough LEPC has the authority to request additional information from facilities for planning purposes. It may visit facilities in the community to determine what they are doing to reduce hazards, prepare for accidents, and reduce hazardous inventories and releases. The Westborough LEPC also provides the community with information about hazardous substances, emergency planning, and environmental risks. It must anticipate questions about the extent, health, and environmental effects of routine chemical releases.

Finally, the Westborough LEPC can most effectively carry out its responsibilities as a community forum by taking steps to educate the public about chemical risks and working with facilities to minimize those risks. The Westborough LEPC's ability to improve the safety and health of the Town will be enhanced by the support of informed citizens.

The certification process was created by the Massachusetts SERC to be a management tool and a standard by which all LEPCs in the Commonwealth are judged equally, and was designed to ensure all LEPCs are meeting the goals and missions of SARA Title III.

There are three levels of certification for LEPCs: full, provisional, and start-up. The Westborough LEPC has achieved the full level of certification. This has many benefits including compliance and eligibility for EPA reimbursement grants for emergency response to hazardous substance releases and limited funding available through grants related to planning, training, exercising, etc.


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