Local Emergency Planning
Committees were created in 1986 as the result of federal legislation
designed to increase the public�s awareness and knowledge of hazardous
chemicals present in the community and the release of these chemicals
into the environment.
The Pasadena and Bay Area LEPCs
shared two neighborhoods (El Cary & El Jardin) and multiple industrial
facilities within their separate jurisdictions, resulting in time
intensive efforts to participate in both LEPCs (and possibly others)
in order to fully represent their communities and businesses.
In early 2003, the Pasadena and
Bay Area LEPCs created a combined working group of community and
industrial facility representatives to explore a merger of the two
LEPCs. A recommendation was made that a merger would provide a
better level of emergency planning services to the Harris County
communities and industrial facilities served by the new LEPC.
The Pasadena and Bay Area LEPC
memberships, in separate meetings held September and October 2003,
voted overwhelmingly to merge and form the Southeast Regional LEPC.
The merger was ratified by combined membership voting to adopt new By
Laws on July 19, 2004.