A representative from the chemical industry, a representative of a municipal or volunteer fire department and a representative of the public who is knowledgeable in the area of emergency response shall be appointed by the governor as public members of the state emergency response commission. The Director of the Office of Emergency Services serves as the chair of the commission and may cast a vote only in the event of a tie vote. Members serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties under this article. The initial public members appointed by the Governor shall serve for a term ending on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-one. A successor to a public member of the commission shall be appointed in the same manner as the original public members and has a term of office expiring two years from the date of the expiration of the term for which his or her predecessor was appointed. In cases of any vacancy among the public members, such vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the governor. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy on the commission occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his or her predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of such term.
Members appointed by the governor may be removed by the Governor in case of incompetency, neglect of duty, gross immorality, or malfeasance in office.
WVSERC appoints members of the Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) of each emergency planning district. In West Virginia, each county has been designated as its own emergency planning district or combined to form a dual LEPC. The LEPC members include representatives from each of the following groups or organizations: elected state and local officials; law enforcement; emergency management; fire fighting; first aid, hospitals and health; local environmental authorities; transportation; broadcast and/or print media; community groups; and owners and operators of subject facilities.
The mission of the WVSERC and the LEPCs is to implement the EPCRA and to mitigate the effects of a release or spill of natural or man-made hazardous materials through developing response plans, including Preparedness, Notification and Warning, and Public Protective Measures. On October 17, 1986, in response to concerns for safety around chemical facilities, Congress enacted the EPCRA, also known as Title III of the SARA. The Act has had a far-reaching influence on issues relating to hazardous materials.
2022 National LEPC-TEPC Handbook: Emergency Planning for Releases of Hazardous Chemicals and Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA)
Emergency Response Guidebook 2020: ERG2020 Mobile App
Lisa Paxton, WVSERC Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 304-957-8367
Matthew Blackwood, Deputy Director email@example.com
Lonnie Bryson, Chief-Preparedness and Response firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Domingo, Assistant Chief-Preparedness and Response email@example.com
Heather Fittro, Hazardous Materials Program Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
WV SERC Commission Members
Director, West Virginia Emergency Management Divisionge.email@example.com
Roy McCallisterWest Virginia Department of Agriculturermccallister@ag.state.wv.us
Nate MeadowsDeputy Chief, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protectionnathan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Donnie HaynesDeputy Commissioner for Health Protection, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources email@example.com
Rob MillerMunicipal or Volunteer Fire Department Representativermiller3@suddenlinkmail.com
Lisa CarpenterWV Public Service Commissionlcarpenter@psc.state.wv.us
Chemical Company RepresentativeBraskem America, Incbernard.firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott EplinWest Virginia Division of Highwaysraymond.email@example.com
Jason Saurino West Virginia State Police firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesse AdkinsWest Virginia Department of Environmental Protectionjesse.email@example.com
Sgt. Stewart HarperWest Virginia State Police, Special Operations/Executive Officerstewart.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken TyreeState Fire Marshalkenneth.email@example.com
Robbie BaileyChief Deputy Fire Marshal Appointeekenneth.firstname.lastname@example.org