CICCC Update – 1 December 2015 Meeting

Community Grants program

Terminals Pty Ltd has advised with Australian Vinyl closing its PVC plant, and the subsequent the loss of the revenue from the storage of Vinyl chloride monomer (VCM ) at its Geelong facility, the company it has been decided to put the Coode Island Community Grants scheme on hold for 2016, with a view to it resuming it in 2017.

Terminals CEO to attend the CICCC meeting

The CEO of Terminals Pty Ltd, David Bozinoski, will be attending the Committee’s 28 April 2016, and will make a short presentation.

EPA representatives make presentations

Richard Gerardi, the Manager of EPA’s Major Industries Program, made a brief presentation. The program is establishing a systematic, audit-based approach to complex industrial facilities, including Major Hazard Facilities and landfills. It will explore opportunities to collaborate with other regulators responsible for managing risks at complex industrial facilities. A pilot group of six plants was chosen for initial review, and several received Pollution Abatement Notices (PANs). Terminals Pty Ltd Coode Island plant is on the list of sites scheduled for review at some point in time.

Heather Hutchinson advised the Committee on a number of reviews being undertaken or planned by EPA: the Scheduled Premises Regulations Review and its associated Regulatory Impact statement, the Environmental Citizenship Policy, and the Engagement Policy. Heather also briefly mentioned the high level Ministerial Advisory Committee review of EPA, examining EPA’s role, powers and tools, governance and funding

Incidents on site

Of the 15 incidents on site during the last three months, one in particular provided a significant challenge for Terminals staff, and concerned the filling of ethanol to a road tanker, and the contamination of the load. The incident baffled Terminals, and the probable cause was only found after considerable detective work. Eleven different mitigation measures are being undertaken to avoid future incidents of the same sort, involving changes to hardware, software and procedures, as well as further investigation of specific plant items. This was an expensive incident for Terminals.

Next meeting of the CICCC

The next meeting will be held at the Terminals Site Office at McKenzie Road, Coode Island, on Tuesday 16 February 2016 at 3pm.

Robin Saunders, Chair CICCC, 4 January 2016