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 CICCC Update—11 December 2003 Meeting

Emergency management communication

The City of Maribyrnong tabled letters that are being sent to 16,000 residents within approximately two kilometres of the Town Hall. The letters contain a brochure entitled “When industry is your neighbour” and provide advice on what constitutes an emergency, how to stay calm, how to stay informed and how to stay safe. A fridge magnet is also enclosed, which provides emergency information and contact details.

The CICCC congratulated the City of Maribyrnong on carrying through the emergency communication program to this stage. The CICCC’s work in proposing a communication strategy and a fridge magnet two years ago has now been extended to become a cooperative effort between government and industry. With the completion of the telephone pilot scheme to notify residents of an emergency, and its extension to the wider community, the City of Maribyrnong will have achieved Worlds Best Practice in emergency communication.

Future meeting arrangements for CICCC

At its meeting on 11 December 2003, the CICCC discussed future meeting arrangements. With the anticipated decline in Terminals business in 2004 as a result of the Marstel facility coming on-line, Terminals have had to cut the budget they allocate to service the Committee. The Committee considered various options to work within the available budget, and decided to meet at two-monthly intervals.

The dates set for meetings in 2004 are 12 February, 1 April, 10 June, 12 August, 14 October and 9 December.

Terminals Accredited Licence

EPA advised the Committee that it was processing Terminals’ application for an accredited licence, and it is anticipated that a decision would be made before Christmas. Jim Clements told the Committee that only 20 out of the 1000 holders of EPA licences obtain accreditation, and the conferring of such a licence is done only when EPA is satisfied with the high standard of management of the facility. While the Committee expressed some support in principle for moving towards an accredited licence, it asked for a brief report from EPA following the decision, setting out the criteria for granting an accredited licence, how Terminals had met those criteria, the requirements for auditing and reporting where there is an accredited licence, and the benefits an accredited licence confer on the holder.

WorkSafe inspection

WorkSafe reported that it had carried out an inspection at Terminals’ facility on 20th November. Two matters required action. First, a road tanker transfer at Plant B West was observed with inadequate protection for the driver against the possibility of falling off the top of the tanker trailer. An improvement notice has been issued to Terminals, and compliance is required by 19 December 2003.

The second matter concerns 20 litre foam drums, a number of which are located around the site to supplement the major 20,000 litre piped foam system in place. The foam in the drums had previously been determined to be either past its “use-by” date, or of unknown age, and Terminals had agreed to replace it. In fact replacement drums had not been provided. Terminals believes the foam is still up to specification, and is seeking assurance of this from the supplier. WorkSafe is concerned at the fact that non-compliance with an agreement had occurred. It is now initiating a procedure to audit all commitments by Terminals at the site.

Ethyl acrylate leak at Coode Island

An ethyl acrylate leak at Coode Island was reported by P&O Ports workers during the month, with the suggestion that it originated from Terminals facility, where upgraded acrylate tanks have just come into operation. Ethyl acrylate is a very smelly chemical, which has previously been a problem at Terminals facility.

Investigations showed that the leak had in fact come from an isotainer (a 20,000 litre shipping container in the form of a tank used to transport liquids on container ships) on the P&O Ports site. The cause of the discharge was an open 2 inch vent valve on top of the
isotainer.  This valve is meant to be shut and plugged prior to the container leaving the site where it is filled. EPA has requested an incident report from P&O Ports, and will provide a copy of the report to CICCC when it is received.

Extension of lease on east side of Mackenzie Road

Terminals advised that a lease extension for the site on the east side of Mackenzie Road has now been offered by Government to the 31st January 2006, to facilitate product storage until the completion of the Marstel facility.

Resignations from the Committee

The CICCC has received resignations from two long serving Committee members. Our minute taker for the last four years, Vanessa Richardson, has resigned to embark on a “life style sea change”. John Luppino has been appointed as General Manager Sustainable Developments within the City of Maribyrnong, and will no longer have responsibility for Coode Island. The Committee will miss both these long serving members.

John advised that Theo Pykoulas, the Municipal Emergency Response Officer at the City of Maribyrnong, will attend future meetings.

Next meeting of the CICCC

The next meeting of the CICCC will be held on Thursday 12 February 2004 at the Maribyrnong Town Hall on the corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray at 6.30 pm.  Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting.

 

Robin Saunders, Chair CICCC, 12 December 2003