Section 3750 of the Ohio Revised Code details the responsibilities for counties related to hazardous materials. In Franklin County, hazardous material planning is overseen by the Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council (CEPAC) of Franklin County. This group serves as the official Local Emergency Planning Committee, and oversees the duties outlined in Title III (Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act) of the Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act (SARA) (United States Public Law 99-499) and Chapter 3750 of the Ohio Revised Code and as appointed by the State of Ohio.
The powers and duties outlined in the law require Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security to perform the following:
· Develop a comprehensive emergency response plan for the county;
· Distribute the emergency plan and make it publicly available;
· Receive and process requests for chemical inventory and emergency response information from the public;
· Notify the public of committee activities and public meetings to discuss the emergency plan;
· Handle and respond to public comments on the emergency plan.
Columbus Public Health is also charged with responsibilities under the law. These responsibilities can be found on their website at http://publichealth.columbus.gov/cepac.aspx.
2015 Commodity Flow Study
Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security in cooperation with CEPAC completed a commodity flow study of all hazardous materials coming through Franklin County via road and rail. This study can be viewed here.