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About the LEPC

The Cuyahoga County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a local organization mandated by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 as well as Section 3750.03 of the Ohio Revised Code. It is one of 87 such Committees in Ohio, which chose to make counties the geographical focus for its local right-to-know requirements. The Cuyahoga County LEPC provides the following general services to the public, other government agencies and regulated facilities:
  • Data Processing for annual chemical inventories for an estimated 800 facilities.
  • Planning for emergency response to emergency releases of hazardous substances.
  • Receipt of emergency notifications when hazardous substance releases occur.
  • Providing information about local chemical inventories and emergency releases to the public.
  • Coordination of training and exercises for emergency response.
Cuyahoga County is one of the most populous counties in Ohio, with 1.2 million people and 59 jurisdictions. The number of facilities and local jurisdictions makes the Cuyahoga County effort very complex, one which requires community and facility initiative to guarantee maximum success. The Cuyahoga County LEPC was formed in September 1987 and it's members represent a broad spectrum of community interests.

Since 1987 the LEPC has received over 800 annual chemical inventories and has completed planning requirements for all facilities storing extremely hazardous substances. Facilities storing extremely hazardous substances have special emergency planning requirements and must provide the LEPC with information requested for an annual update of its emergency response plan for hazardous materials.

The LEPC also processes around 50 annual emergency release notifications and almost 100 requests for information regarding chemicals stored at local facilities near neighborhoods and businesses.

Information about emergency releases of hazardous substances can be reported by calling CECOMS at 216-771-1365. The LEPC meets bi-monthly and all meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Environmental Maintenance & Service Center at 4747 East 49th Street in Cuyahoga Heights.

To submit a Public Records Request regarding hazardous substances stored in Cuyahoga County or chemical spills, fill out the Information Request Form here

The LEPC receives staff support from the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management.

Cuyahoga County Local Emergency Planning Committee
Office of Emergency Management
9300 Quincy Ave, Floor 2 
Cleveland, OH 44106 
Office: 216-443-7597 
Email: LEPC@cuyahogacounty.us

Organizational Information

LEPC Staff

Brooke Potts
Environmental Specialist
bmpotts@cuyahogacounty.us
216-443-5894


John O'Donnell
Hazmat Coordinator
jpodonnell@cuyahogacounty.us
216-698-2357