Adopted: March 9, 1989
First Revision: February 9, 1990
Second Revision: February 14, 1992
Third Revision: March 12, 1993
Fourth Revision: May 11, 1995
Fifth Revision: April 11, 2007
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
CHARLESTON COUNTY LOCAL
EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE (LEPC)
The name of this organization shall be the Charleston
County Local Emergency Planning Committee. The official
mailing address shall be located at the Charleston County
Hazardous Materials Office, 4045 Bridge View Drive, Room
C-201, North Charleston, SC 29405. The planning district of
this committee shall be the County of Charleston.
The purpose of this organization shall be:
develop and maintain a comprehensive emergency plan to deal
with hazardous chemicals in Charleston County and to work
with facilities to minimize risks associated with these
periodically test the effectiveness of the comprehensive
receive information about chemical releases in Charleston
increase community awareness of both chemical risk and the
actions to protect public and environmental safety.
educate the public about risks from accidental releases of
hazardous chemicals and work with facilities to minimize the
with Berkeley and Dorchester County LEPCís to assure that
emergency plans in the tri-county area are complementary to
maintain a broad-based membership in the LEPC to
appropriately represent the entire community in Charleston
develop a system for first responders to have timely access
to appropriate emergency response information.
increase community awareness of the purpose and activities
of the Charleston County LEPC which was formed by mandate of
SARA, Title III.
increase community response capabilities through acquisition
of specialized equipment and professional education of
public safety personnel.
As required by SARA TITLE III, the membership of this
organization shall be composed of at least one
representative of each of the following:
A. Elected State Officials
B. Elected Local Officials
C. Law Enforcement I.
D. Emergency Preparedness J.
F. Emergency Medical Services L.
M. Broadcast and Print Media
The membership may also include others as deemed advisable
by the committee. The membership may be represented by their
designees when required. In addition, representatives of the
government and or members of the community with desired
expertise may serve in a technical advisory capacity at the
pleasure of the committee. The Hazardous Materials
Coordinator / Director will serve as coordinator for the
Meetings will be held no less frequently than once each
quarter. Time and place will be designated by the chair of
the committee at the beginning of the calendar year.
Special meetings may be called by the chair or by petition
of simple majority of the membership.
A simple majority vote by the members in attendance at a
regularly scheduled monthly meeting, including at least one
officer, shall constitute a quorum.
Each regular member of the committee shall have one vote,
only one regular member per agency may vote. In their
absence and with their permission, an alternate
representative may vote. Voting may be by secret ballot or
voice vote. Action by simple majority of those members
present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be
the act of the committee.
The officers of the committee shall be the Chairman, the
Vice Chairman, and Secretary who will be elected by the
of officers is to be one year running from meeting in
January to the next meeting in January with the Vice
Chairman replacing the Chairman annually.
Any elected vacancies are to be filled by a majority vote of
the membership. This election would be for the
remainder of the unexpired term. The office of Vice
Chairman and Secretary Elections will take place in the
fourth quarter of the calendar year. New officers will
take the first meeting of January.
An effort will be made by the nominationís committee to
maintain a balance of representation between industry and
public safety officials when officer vacancies occur.
DUTIES of the officers shall be:
CHAIRMAN: To be the principal executive officer and
ex-officio member of all subcommittees except the nominating
committee. He/she shall appoint all special subcommittee of
the organization. Committee meetings shall be recorder and
submitted to the State Emergency Response Commission
CHAIRMAN: Shall preside over meetings in the absence of the
chairman; carry out all other duties in the event of the
chairmanís inability to perform such duties.
SECRETARY: Shall keep the minutes of the meetings of
the committee and in general perform all duties incident to
the office of the secretary and such other duties as from
time to time may be assigned to them by the chairman.
The Chairman shall appoint all subcommittees on an ad hoc
basis. These will normally consist of Planning, Citizens
Right to Know, Training, Constitution and Bylaws, Resources
/ Tri-County Liaison, Membership, and Facilities.
The Charleston County LEPC shall conduct business according
to Robertís Rule of Order, except when they may be in
conflict with these By-Laws.
These By-Laws may be altered, amended or repealed and new
By-Laws may be accepted by an affirmation vote of a simple
majority (no proxy or absentee ballots) at any regular
meeting or a special meeting called for that purpose,
provided that notice of such proposed changes be presented
by the secretary in writing to each committee member at
least fourteen (14) days prior to such meeting.
The Charleston County Local Emergency Planning Committee
was created under the authority of:
Law 99-499, Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act of
1986 (SARA): and the State of South Carolina Executive
order 87-18, dated May 11, 1987.
II. Charleston County Ordinance No. 485, dated July 5, 1983.
Permanent administrative and operational control shall
remain within this organization.