Post Date:December 28, 2016 1:05 p.m.

Hahnville, LA - Senior Emergency Coordinator Jim Polk was reappointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve on the state’s Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC) in late December. Polk serves as the commission’s Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA) representative.

"I am honored to be reappointed to the LERC representing both LEPA and the St. Charles Parish Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness Department,” Polk said. “This appointment will give the association and local government a voice in matters dealing with hazardous materials in an effort to keep the state of Louisiana and its citizens safe.”

The LERC establishes emergency planning districts, appoints local emergency planning committees, supervises and coordinates the activities of local emergency planning committees, provides the Environmental Protection Agency with information concerning notification received on certain releases of hazardous materials and substances, designates facilities subject to hazardous material reporting procedures, recommends a standardized inventory form for gathering required information and develop reporting procedures, recommends additional substances which should be defined as hazardous materials, acts as the central advisory body for coordinating state and federal Right-to-Know activities with regard to hazardous substances, establishes procedures for recalling and processing public requests for information and reviews local planning committee emergency response plans. According to executive order BJ 2008-72, the LERC is composed of 20 gubernatorial appointments from various governmental departments and industrial agencies.

Former Governor Bobby Jindal first appointed Polk to LERC in April of 2013 while he was serving as the president of LEPA.

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