CICCC Update—10 December 2009 Meeting
Operation Island, an exercise to test the emergency plans of facilities and regulators at Coode Island, was held on 30 September 2009. The simulated emergency was a bund fire in the centre of Terminals Plant B. CICCC members were invited to attend by Terminals Pty Ltd, and were provided with a briefing which included the participants, aim, objectives and exercise timing. The Terminals Victorian Manager, Carlo Fasolino, reported the outcomes and recommendations affecting Terminals Pty Ltd at the December meeting of CICCC.
One aspect that marred an otherwise successful exercise was that two CICCC community members who arrived to witness the exercise were refused entry by PoMC. The Committee is writing to the CEO of PoMC to express their disappointment and frustration with this decision.
Kerry Murphy, Manager Community & Stakeholder Engagement , tabled a written report and spoke to the various items, which included:
DP World was convicted of causing air pollution in the Melbourne Magistrates Court over an ethyl acrylate spill in September 2007. DP World were fined $160,000, with the money funding two local community environmental programs.Terminals’ accredited licence was renewed on 29 September 2009. The new licence has revised emission limits for discharges to air, with the total mass rate (kg/annum) being reduced for a number of products.
The meeting was pleased to receive Kerry’s comprehensive report, and to hear about the arrangements for EPA representation at future meetings.
Theo Pykoulas told the Committee about the new Port Environs Advisory Committee set up by the Minister for Planning. The CICCC has advised the Chair of the Advisory Committee of its interest in the review, and its concern that planning applications are exempt from notification to the public under the Port of Melbourne Planning Scheme.
Carlo told the meeting of Terminals’ Planning Permit application to raise the height of Tanks 1 & 2 by 6-15 metres. As the final capacity of these two tanks is not in excess of other flammable tanks on the site, it is unlikely that there will be any impact on the Safety Case for the facility. The existing bund is large enough to contain the full volume of the tank, should failure occur.
There was one quite serious incident (Severity Rating 3) reported for the last three months. During the loading of a truck with Potassium Hydroxide, an operator over-rode an overfill protection device, and a spill of about 300 litres resulted. The operator has been counselled, and all other operators given further training.
Next meeting of the CICCC
The next meeting of the CICCC will be held on Thursday 18 March 2010 at the Maribyrnong Town Hall on the corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray at 6.30 pm. At that meeting a representative of EPA will tell the Committee about the regulatory reform process underway at EPA. Any interested member of the community is welcome to attend the CICCC meetings. The dates for the following meetings in 2010 are 13 May, 19 August and 18 November.
Robin Saunders, Chair CICCC, 17 December 2009