Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
Purpose of the committee
Mesa County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
Works with the community to identify industrial hazardous materials and keep the community informed of the potential risk.
All companies with certain types and quantities of hazardous chemicals must report annually to the LEPC through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reporting system.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires companies that meet the criteria to report it. OSHA also requires your company to keep a Safety Data Sheet (SDS, formerly Material Safety Data Sheet, or MSDS) on file for any chemicals stored or used in the workplace and that the chemical(s) is stored in quantities equal to or greatest than the Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ) for that chemical.
The public is encouraged to participate in the process.
Contact the Mesa County Emergency Services Division at 970-244-1763.
- Visit the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) website from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- View the EPA Emergency Response Support - Region 8 Program Quick Facts pdf file from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Visit the National Response Team (NRT) website to find Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Guidance.
- Visit the Chemical Facility Security and Safety Working Group website from the United States Department of Labor.
- Visit the Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) website from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Data Manager - Database and Information Management Tool
- Chemicals - Chemical Response Data Sheets and Reactivity Prediction Tool
- Aloha - Areal Locations of Hazardous Atmospheres
- Marplot - Mapping Application for Response, Planning, and Local Operational Tasks
Tier II reporting
Frequently asked questions
Can I obtain a list of chemicals used and stored in Mesa County?
Facilities that store, use, or manufacture hazardous materials at or above specified quantities are required to report these materials annually.
Information on materials stored at a specific facility in Mesa County may be obtained by filing a written request to:
Grand Junction Fire Department
Hazardous Materials Coordinator
330 South 6th Street
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
How do I properly dispose of household quantities of hazardous materials?
Mesa County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility
Mesa County Landfill
3071 Highway 50
Grand Junction, Colorado
Accepts materials, free of charge, from Mesa County residents
- Aerosol cans
- Automotive products
- Garden and hobby products
- Gun powder
- Household and auto batteries
- Household cleaners
- Motor oil
- Spa and pool chemicals
- Wood stains
Materials Not Accepted
- Radioactive materials
The Mesa County Landfill provides a safe and affordable disposal and recycling option for small businesses which are Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators [CESQG] in Mesa County.
This fee-based program will require each CESQG to register with the Mesa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.
For additional information about this program:
- Call 970-257-9336 or 970-256-9543
- Visit the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility website with Mesa County Solid Waste Management.
What would I hear discussed at an LEPC meeting?
The committee regularly conducts reviews of facilities in Mesa County about the storage, manufacture, and use of hazardous materials.
The committee, with the facility operator's participation, considers the following:
- Impact of a hazardous material release
- Emergency procedures
- Anticipated actions of emergency response agencies
The committee also discusses the transportation of hazardous materials in Mesa County, amongst other outreach and education topics.
What should I do if I witness the abandonment, illegal disposal/dumping, or release of a hazardous material?
Committee Contact Information
Mesa County LEPC
C/O Mesa County Emergency Management
P.O. Box 20,000 - 5016
Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001
Ben Hoffman - Co-Chairperson
Ute Water Conservancy District
Water Treatment Plant Superintendent
Mason Klahn - Co-Chairperson
Mesa County Health Department
Emergency Response and Preparedness Specialist
Nikki Dalpiaz - Secretary-Treasurer
Ute Water Conservancy District
HR / Risk Specialist