LEPC receives award

By Kelsey Kimbler - kkimbler@registerherald.com

PREBLE COUNTY — Preble County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) held its most recent quarterly meeting on Thursday, April 18.

During the meeting, Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Dave Anderson shared an award with the committee.

Preble County LEPC was recently presented with a recognition award. The award is for 10 areas achieved by Preble County LEPC. It had to have: a current membership listing, designated officers, a hazardous materials plan, a designated Community Emergency Coordinator, a designated Information Coordinator, bylaws, LEPC meetings conducted a minimum of one meeting annually, a HAZMAT exercise. The LEPC also had to be part of compliance program, and have a fiscal activity status report.

Preble County LEPC has gotten this award for 24 years out of 25 eligible years. The only year it did not receive the award was 1995.

Since the last quarterly meeting, two chemical spills were reported in Preble County:

•One was on Interstate 70 at the seven mile marker. It was a diesel fuel spill from an accident the fire department and the EPA responded to.

•Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) was called in response to oil in a stream. Officials traced it back to a house on Eaton Gettysburg Road. An individual had spilled oil and the clean-up process is still ongoing.

In other news:

•LEPC is working on planning a table top exercise with West Elkton and Gratis Fire Department. It will be held on Saturday, June 1, at 9 a.m., in West Elkton.

•Every Preble County school except National Trail Local Local School District has held its Shelter in Place program. Anderson added, he has been trying to schedule something with National Trail but has been struggling to find a compatible time.

By Kelsey Kimbler


Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH