12th June, 2008
CICCC / Chairperson
Peter La Rose
Terminals Pty Ltd
State Manager Victoria,
Port of Melbourne
City of Maribyrnong
Team Leader, Contaminated
Port of Melbourne
ITEM 1. WELCOME
BY THE CHAIR, APOLOGIES & CONFIRMATION OF DRAFT AGENDA
of all it is my pleasure to welcome Jenny Bygrave and Amber Dixon from the
Port of Melbourne who kindly accepted our invitation to come along and tell us
a little about your contaminated land program and also to tell us a little bit about
the Port of Melbourne Corporation.
of draft agenda – adopted
ITEM 2. HEAVY
METAL CONTAMINATION – PoMC REPRESENTATIVES PRESENTATION
began the presentation of the Contaminated Land Program – Coode Island
you begin would you be able to send me an electronic copy of the presentation.
This is a public open meeting and it is our normal practice that people who
make presentations provide us with a copy.
check with our organization and get back to you.
you get enough out of the presentation so we can answer your questions.
Contaminated Land In Port – Background
print denotes transcribed text of overheads)
Port area used to be a swamp
Filled to make useable land
Occupied by multiple industrial processes
Modified for ongoing use
Regional groundwater strategy implementation
commenced in 2005
Strategy for prevention and management of contaminated
land commenced in 2006
are now starting to go from understanding what is going on at the site to
management of the situation. One way of managing the situation is through the
Ground Water Assessment Program. The tenants know more about their sites that
PoMC who in turn provide valuable information to the PoMC.
Ground Water Strategy
Identification and delineation of
Routine Monitoring of “compliance” sites
– conducted quarterly (every 3 months)
Routine monitoring of “issue” sites
typically conducted “biannually” (semi annually)
Routine port wide every 2 years.
then displayed a map highlighting the wells that are tested. Concentration of
wells on the boundary of Pacific Terminals and Terminal Pty Ltd and especially
on the No. 1 Maribyrnong berth. There are 180 wells in the regional program
and approx 500 all up around various sites.
Results to Date
The first port wide monitoring event June
Second port wide groundwater is currently
underway (June 2008)
Samples are analyzed for a broad screen of
analytes including metals.
is for various chemicals probably in the range of 90 altogether.
don’t include live things do you?
just for contaminants.
long does it take to process the data?
testing takes a number of weeks to collect then we have lab time. Naturally
occurring chemicals are also prevalent therefore we need to analyze whether the
chemicals found are naturally occurring or caused by other factors.
far do you monitor? What are your boundaries?
Shepherds Bridge on the Maribyrnong (Footscray Road) to the Bolte Bridge on the
Yarra. On the PoMC website there are maps showing an outline of the whole port
area. I will send Robin the link so people can visit the website themselves.
you have a risk management person for Climate Change?
is a team of risk management personnel.
might like to contact the Department of Sustainability they do a bit of mapping
Results to date:
Metals analyzed in port wide
*denotes findings less than the
areas have naturally occurring high levels of arsenic. Cobalt and zinc have
been regionally elevated typically across Coode Island. All location dependant,
typically are not what we consider elevated fluctuations.
is the distinction between a ‘detection
limit’ and a ‘reporting limit’?
Suppose you had a detection of Mercury of 1 part per million would you report
the lab had faith in their instrumentation then yes.
think the laboratory is certainly accurate when detecting the reporting limits.
is high on Coode Island isn’t it?
Results to date – started
2008 will be compared with 2006 results to
assess whether any significant regional changes in groundwater quality have
Where applicable, area of significant change
will be followed up by a targeted groundwater assessment and/or delineation
you reporting to the EPA as anything that goes to EPA is public?
have never seen monitoring results without figures.
came here to describe the process but not to divulge the figures as the monitoring
progress is still in early stages. We came here tonight with a clear outline
to give an overview.
way of looking at this is how we would respond if Terminals were doing this
presentation. We would be appalled. We would say to Terminals “if you have
data you need to make a decision as to whether you are going to release it to
the committee or treat it as commercial in confidence. Terminals does provide monitoring
information and I think it is from that perspective we are coming. I am not
trying to put you on the spot tonight but wish you to understand where we are
is fair enough and we are now aware of the level of information that you want
and at least we have a community contact now and we can now give that
PoMC community Relations Team
A contact point for residents, local
PoMC website community page www.portofmelbourne.com, works
notices, local sponsorship
PoMC Community Contact 1300 857 662 Option 4
PoMC Community email email@example.com
be happy to see comparison between 2006 and 2008. Saw an email between Carlo
and Geoff Millard where PoMC are to attend Terminals site to perform tests.
is correct we will be looking at the wells outside the boundary between that of
Terminals and Pacific Terminals.
I just ask if it would be possible to have a list of your analytes?
do not have a problem with that.
that you would sort out with your organisation, when you attend a meeting like
this and make a presentation that you can leave it with us Think of this as a
we ask if this could be the first of many meetings you attend?
really do not feel it appropriate to jump all over operator run community
meetings. We are happy to provide some information.
is the point of contact for the community.
has only been a corporation for 5 years. The corporation is what manages the
land and the port. Any specific questions can be directed to myself.
- PoMC to send results of 2006
– 2008 comparison with numbers, when available.
- PoMC to provide a list of
- PoMC to provide an Electronic
copy of presentation.
a spreadsheet on the heavy metals with the general trend showing a drop in
levels. We are seeking approval from the EPA to reduce our measurements.
Terminals have submitted an annual report and are awaiting a formal response
from the EPA.
you email data to me please
has gone up
one that jumped out at me was Mercury, the data goes back to 2005.
argument that we are putting is that things haven’t changed much over the
should get those figures to see what the trends are. Given that contamination
is historical you wouldn’t expect to see changes.
to see the port doing most monitoring around the river interface. They are looking
at what sort of environmental impact that would be having on that interface.
Terminals is not changing the metal impact.
in the results presented by Carlo that indicate PoMC should go looking for the
for doing testing is to manage contamination on site. Very small quantity
removed during remediation on East side. PoMC is responsible for pre existing
contamination. All the same fill all throughout area and never going to be
cleaned up. The levels are low and Terminals transmission of heavy metals to
the marine environment very low.
jumping. When we get the data we can then have a formal discussion regarding
this matter at the next meeting.
- Carlo to provide plan
showing location of wells
- Carlo to send heavy metal
table to Robin via email
- Agenda item for next meeting
to discuss data
readings for Mercury, why where they higher than other readings?
Carlo to provide information as to why recent readings are higher than
results blue numbers are above. Would like to know whatever criteria we are
eco system criteria.
far as the Terminals site is concerned there are some protocols looking at
do the %’s mean?
or 99% is a confidence limit. Conservative risk ranking relating to criteria
eco system based.
limit is the level set which if you meet it you have 99% confidence level. The
reason for highlighting on the spreadsheet is to draw your attention to the
results that are of more of a concern.
(freshwater) criteria is a lot more conservative than saltwater marine
terms of EPA’s assessment can the EPA give some sort of gauge as to how the EPA
would approach this task?
audit was conducted on the contamination of the river with a conclusion that
small amounts were getting into the river. Collection of this data indicated
that Coode Island is not generating further contamination. Key area is river
interface and should still keep monitoring.
are not concerned with presenting data but concerned about information being
put on CICCC website.
do not put any information on website that the author does not want put on
website. This is not a committee run by Terminals it is the community representatives
that ultimately form the committee. Representatives ask if the information
that is received from Terminals is going to present a problem.
does information go from here?
not go anywhere
will question until they get a satisfactory answer.
and Terminals have been on a long journey, 11 years. Only good has come from such
an open relationship. Interchange is very valuable.
PoMC for attending the meeting.
ITEM 3. CONFIRM
DRAFT MINUTES FOR THE MEETING ON 10 APRIL 2008 AND REVIEW
ACTION ITEM LIST
Joan’s name could it be written “on behalf of” or “proxy for” myself please.
ACTION ITEM LIST
Item 09/07 – 2 Tim
to report on investigation of the Ethyl Acrylate spill at D.P. World —
item to remain open until report can be made.
other items completed.
ITEM 4. REPORTS
FROM AGENCIES AND TERMINALS
was a quiet month but certainly made up for it in May. Trending down this time
of year due to end of financial year.
visits – Quarterly Customer meeting with Orica and Carcinogenic audit by
– competency assessments are now being renewed as 5 year interval now
– 4 for the month.
Leak of material
from Tank 373 – truck fill hose – Butyl Acrylate
concentrate test of Plant C failed
on truck overfilled – Propyl Acetate
contractor had nail embedded in leg from nail gun
monitoring – Green house emission level against thru put.
contract operators go into our Lost Time Injuries, but construction contract
that Butyl Acrylate is odorous, but nowhere near as much as Ethyl Acrylate.
seem to have a problem with your rubbers, you have two items where rubbers
failed. Did you do any follow up on all the other dry break couplings?
as very expensive, the rubber had perished.
making it breakdown maintenance and not preventative maintenance
right. This is the first incidence with these couplings.
of the same type should have a visual inspection. Certainly on the fire system
as all are under the same conditions.
undertake checks of couplings in the near future.
Peter to report next meeting with respect to similar valves. Also can we have
a date against incidents?
to report next meeting on inspection of valves with rubber couplings, similar
to the one that failed.
meeting can you bring along a list of odour thresholds.
Carlo to provide odour thresholds for
CITY OF MARYIBYRNONG
3 objections to caretaker’s cottages – Moreland Street – converted
people in residence there were told to vacate or apply for a permit for
residential purposes. The people have taken the matter to VCAT – hearing
29th May, 2008. Then the Minister of Planning intervened –
submission was against the application. VCAT was then rescheduled to 11-12th
to forward to Robin an electronic copy of the Minister’s submission to VCAT on
the Moreland Street caretakers cottages, and any updates.
are permitted within some parameters.
in the long term is always going to be an operating port. Always going to need
that buffer zone between the port and residences.
task force in 1998 conveniently left out the buffer zone.
is relaunching Community Awareness brochure, with a summary in twelve community
languages. Hoping to make people aware of issues living close to industry and
where to go for help. Council is to be the main point of contact and the ABC
light of the Community Information Warning system we are inviting community on
an “opt in” basis for those wishing to be a part of the system. 12,000 people
can “opt in”.
out a consent form and covering letting inviting people to participate and will
be working with police with regard to wording of warning advice given. The
warning will be a pre recorded message.
is a significant step that council is committed to. Have you set an area?
a 2 km radius of the precincts in Coode Island, Yarraville, West Footscray and Tottenham.
that the committee write to City of Maribyrnong and congratulate the City on its
to write to council and congratulate the Council on its initiative.
about an email list?
you are on your computer at the time you would not receive notification.
Would imagine message for people up wind and down wind would be different?
is to be used as a trigger to notify people of incident.
Notice and fridge magnet could you put aside some to present to this committee.
try. Interested to see how many responses from the 12,000 we receive. Will be
a test to see how many people wish to participate.
to report at the next meeting – put as an Agenda Item.
the lateness of the hour would like to go onto Item 5.
ITEM 5. REVIEW
OF THE EPA LICENCE
was not comfortable with the current license as Terminals no longer store
products previously stored. Therefore currently reviewing license parameters.
finalise license amendments in the near future.
there any other thing to report from the EPA
ITEM 6. OTHER
commissioned new Bitumen facility at Geelong.
Melbourne we have had three tank moves over the past two weekends.
like us to formerly thank the PoMC representatives for attending the meeting.
NEXT SCHEDULED MEETINGS:
Meeting dates for 2008 – 7
August, 2008 (focus on Telephone Emergency Alerting System); 6th
MEETING CLOSED 9:10 PM