CICCC Update—17 March 2011 Meeting

Progress on the 2009-2012 Environment Improvement Program

At its meeting on 17 March 2011, Terminals Pty Ltd presented a report on its progress with the 2009-2012 Environment Improvement Program (EIP). Most items on the EIP are being completed within the target dates, with significant improvement to the facility overall. In particular, the scheduled refurbishment of eleven flammable/hazardous storage tanks is ahead of schedule. Work on these tanks includes upgrading the foundations, installing impermeable liners under the tanks, and installing new piping systems to minimise waste. The refurbishment of seven tanks has been completed, and only four tanks remain. Three of these will be refurbished in 2011, with the last tank being refurbished in 2012.

Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Model Regulations

The Commonwealth Government has adopted a Model Work Health and Safety Bill, which forms a template for introduction to all State legislation in due course, harmonising the provisions across Australia. The consultation process on companion Model Regulations closed on 4 April 2011. The CICCC has made a submission to Safe Work Australia on the Model Regulations, expressing concern that the provisions in the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 relating to community consultation have not been represented in the Model Regulations. The submission argues that it will benefit the community, the companies and good governance if these provisions are included in the Model Regulations, with additional provisions to strengthen the availability of the full risk assessment to bone fide parties.

Attention was also drawn to the need for a generic risk assessment provision in the Regulations, as was promised at the time the Model Bill was settled.

Incidents on site over the last four months

Only seven incidents were reported for the four months from November 2010 to February 2011. One of these involved the presence of an oily slick in the bund of Tank 318, containing Solvesso 150. Detailed investigation revealed that the tank integrity had not been breached. The source of the slick was from rainwater seeping through the broken tank base seal. Terminals will be providing a further report on the investigation at the next CICCC meeting in June 2011.

One incident had the highest severity rating of 3, and involved tallow loading to a ship for export. While ship loading was in progress, the gaskets on the pig trap (a short branch line for removing the ‘pig’ used for cleaning the line) leaked tallow. The cause was a bent shaft on an isolation valve, probably due to wear and tear. The valve will be reconditioned, and a different type of valve or isolation system will be considered.

Next meeting of the CICCC

The next meeting of the CICCC will be held on Thursday 16 June 2011 at the Maribyrnong Town Hall on the corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray at 6.30 pm. At that meeting Adam Beaumont, Program Manager for Compliance and Enforcement, EPA Victoria will make a presentation to the Committee on the recent Compliance and Enforcement Review Recommendations. Any interested member of the community is welcome to attend the CICCC meetings.

Further meetings for 2011 have been set at the same time and place on Thursday 8 September and Thursday 8 December.