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Performance Audit of the Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Program Administered by the Department of Community Affairs , Report No. 12369, June 1994

  • Overall, the Department has established a planning process that meets federal and state requirements for the Program. In addition, counties and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) generally comply with the Department's plan compliance criteria.
  • Although a hazard-based fee system considers equity factors not considered in the current employee-based fee system, it is unclear whether the Legislature should adopt a hazard-based fee system because of the potential disadvantages. The present fee structure may be an adequate mechanism for generating the required revenue given that a hazard-based fee system may not fully correct equity problems and may increase administrative costs.
  • Federal program requirements do not require LEPCs or counties to conduct reviews of hazardous materials incidents, Program management and all 11 LEPC staff agreed that incident reviews would be beneficial.

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