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Regional Review Committees

Under Section 301 of Title III, the EPCRA Program is required to designate emergency planning districts within the state, and appoint members to a "Local Emergency Planning Committee" (LEPC) for each planning district.  The EPCRA Program originally designated seven emergency planning districts for the entire state, and appointed members to an LEPC for each district.  When the "Minnesota Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act" (MN Statutes, Chapter 299K) became law in July 1989, the LEPCs were redesignated as Regional Review Committees (RRCs).

 
Each Regional Review Committee has nine members representing emergency response organizations, facilities regulated under the law, and the public.  Applicants for RRC membership apply to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM).  HSEM reviews both the application and the recommendation before taking action on the appointment.  Members serve staggered three-year terms that begin on January 1 each year.
 
The primary duty of an RRC is to review the emergency operations plans (EOPs) of the political jurisdictions in its district, in accord with the State’s four-year planning/exercising cycle.  At a minimum, RRCs review EOPs to determine if they adequately address the required SARA Title III planning elements, as identified in Minnesota’s Local Emergency Operations Plan Crosswalk (the MNWALK).  When reviewing EOPs, RRCs note deficiencies and offer suggestions regarding plan improvements.
 
 

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Minnesota Map of Regional Review Committee Members Roseau Lake of the Woods Koochiching St. Louis Lake Cook Marshall Beltrami Itasca Polk Pennington Red Lake Norman Mahnomen Clearwater Hubbard Clay Becker Cass Crow Wing Aitkin Carlton Wilkin Otter Tail Wadena Traverse Grant Stevens Douglas Pope Todd Morrison Mille Lacs Kanabec Pine Stearns Benton Sherburne Isanti Chisago Big Stone Swift Kandiyohi Meeker Wright Lac Qui Parle Chippewa Yellow Medicine Renville Mcleod Carver Sibley Lincoln Lyon Redwood Brown Nicollet Scott Le Sueur Rice Goodhue Wabasha Pipestone Murray Cottonwood Watonwan Blue Earth Waseca Steele Dodge Olmsted Winona Rock Nobles Jackson Martin Faribault Freeborn Mower Fillmore Houston Anoka Hennepin Dakota Ramsey Washington Chisago Washington Ramsey Kittson