The Deer Park Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) Team was formed in 1986 as a joint effort between local industry and the City of Deer Park. The Deer Park CAER Team helped develop a three-level CAER system to categorize the severity of chemical releases. It also supported installation of the CAER phone line (281/476-CAER) which continues to provide the public with information about chemical releases. The CAER Code of Management Practices remains a key component of the Responsible Care program adopted nationally by the American Chemistry Council and locally by the East Harris County Manufacturers Association.
In October 1986, Congress passed Public Law 99-499, the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III, also known as the “Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act” (EPCRA). This federal law required the Governor of each state to appoint a State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) which divided each state into Local Emergency Planning Districts, each governed by a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Most local planning districts were determined by city or county boundaries. The Deer Park LEPC is one of 18 LEPC’s in Harris County and is one of the leading LEPC’s nationwide.
Under terms of our By-laws, the purpose of the Deer Park LEPC is to:
- develop, train, and test a hazardous substances emergency response plan for the City of Deer Park,
- develop procedures for regulated facilities to provide notification of a hazardous release to the LEPC
- develop procedures for receiving and processing community right-to-know requests from the public
provide for public notification of committee activities