× Unsupported Browser: Some features may not work properly in Interent Explorer. Please use one of the supported browsers - Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge.

Sheriff's Office


Emergency Management

Planning for the Safety of La Crosse County Residents in the Event of an Emergency


On October 16, 1986, the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) was signed into law. Title III of this act is also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). This Act is to empower citizens and emergency responders with the Right to Know what chemicals exist in communities where they live and work. It mandated planning for chemical emergencies and established a chain of command to assure that the requirements are met. 


The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for La Crosse County is mandated by Federal and State regulations to Plan and Mitigate for, Respond to and Recover from ALL Hazardous Materials emergencies. Numerous elements are integrated into this process and the assistance from many people is required to meet the requirements of the E mergency P lanning and C ommunity Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). 


The LEPC has representatives from specific areas that have knowledge and interests in assisting in environmental emergency planning, here are the groups:

  • Chemical Industry

  • Citizens

  • Government Officials

  • Private Business

  • Transportation

  • Law Enforcement

  • Fire Service

  • Corporations

  • Environmental Organizations

  • Hospitals

  • Civil Defense

  • Print & Broadcast Media

  • Community Groups


Committee Members:


Adam Jacobson

Bob Ritger

Carol Drury

Dan Smith

Margaret Larson

David Steinberg

Jeff Schott

Jill Billings

Jim Krueger

Joshua Olson

Kelly Wilde

Marc Schultz, Vice Chair

Mike Horstman, Chair

Nick Goldbeck

Paul Albrecht

Tom Wright

Tracy Hameau, Secretary

LEPC Bylaws - 2023


Mission Statement

Under EPCRA, the La Crosse County LEPC is the focal point for chemical emergency response planning and implementation in a community. The LEPC's key responsibilities are:


* Assisting local jurisdictions in developing hazardous materials emergency response plans

* Evaluating the community's need for resources to respond to hazardous materials emergencies

* Processing requests from the public for information on hazardous chemicals in their communities


LEPC Meeting Schedule

Meetings during 2023 will be held in March, May, September, November, unless otherwise called.