Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

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Alexandria Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Members of
the LEPC

John Chapman

Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg

Assistant Fire Marshal
Russell Furr

Blane Adcock

Kevin McGunnigle

Karen Helbrecht (Chair)

Deputy Chief
Michael Sharpe

Jeanne Theismann


City Staff Contact 

Mark Penn, Alexandria Fire Department, 703.746.5256

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) reviews and advises on the City's emergency plans, including those aimed at addressing extremely hazardous substances (EHSs) that have been specified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1987 (EPCRA).

The LEPC receives annual Hazardous Chemical Inventory reports (aka Tier II reports) from facilities that have certain quantities of hazardous chemicals (as defined by EPA) on site. In 2014, twenty-four (24) facilities in the City of Alexandria submitted Hazardous Chemical Inventory reports for substances that were present during calendar year 2013. The only EHS present above a threshold quantity at any of the reporting facilities is sulfuric acid (almost exclusively contained within batteries). The most commonly reported substances are various petroleum products. Hazardous Chemical Inventory reports are available for public review at the Alexandria Office of Emergency Management. 

The LEPC meets quarterly at the call of the Chair, and all meetings are open to the public. 

For more information, please contact Mark Penn, Alexandria Fire Department, at 703-746-5256


  • Two Elected state and local officials
  • Two Representatives from law enforcement and firefighting personnel
  • Two Representatives of broadcast and print media
  • Two Representatives of community groups
  • Two Owners and operators of facilities subject to the federal emergency planning requirements of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) Title III

Term of Service:

  • 2 Year Term

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