The purpose of the Putnam County Local Emergency Planning Committee is to provide training and support for the Putnam County Hazardous Materials Response Team, create response plans for chemical releases and to track and report chemical inventories within Putnam County to Ohio EPA.

The Putnam County LEPC is comprised of vested community members whom include:
Robert Heidenescher, Mayor of Dupont- Chairman, John Love, Putnam County Commissioner, and David Niese, Palmer Township Trustee- Elected Officials
Rick Rupert, ProTec Coating Company and Tom Bacome, Blanchard Valley Farmers Cooperative- Industry
Karen Vorst, St. Rita’s Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center- Hospital
Ruth Gerding, Putnam County Health Department- Health and Environment
Steve Odenweller, Putnam County Office of Public Safety- EMA, First Aid
Michelle Williams, Putnam County Chapter of American Red Cross- Community Group
Sheriff Michael Chandler, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office- Law Enforcement
Steve Elkins, Continental Fire Department- Fire
Dan Rieman, Ottawa Oil- Transportation
Dr. Jan Osborn, Superintendent of County Schools- Schools
W.D. Miller, Lima Radio Hospital- Communications
Nancy Kline, The Lima News- Media