Thursday 20 September, 2007
CICCC / Chairperson
State Manager Victoria,
ITEM 1. WELCOME
BY THE CHAIR, APOLOGIES & CONFIRMATION OF DRAFT
all to the meeting.
George Horman, Geoff Millard, Theo Pykoulas
of draft agenda – adopted
we start with the Newsletter contents (refer attached Newsletter showing
mark ups). Refer also to Item 6 “Other Business” in minutes.
ITEM 2. CONFIRMATION
DRAFT MINUTES FOR THE MEETING ON
17 MAY 2007 AND REVIEW ACTION ITEM LIST
version of IAR to be made slightly more specific. Robin to liaise with Carlo
and Tim. Update and post to web. – Put on website as presented by Carlo.
to provide report on chemical storage figures every 6 months (March and
September) – Report to be provided next meeting.
ITEM 3. REPORTS
FROM AGENCIES AND TERMINALS
have developed a system of nitrogen generation as a gas on site which they hope
will cut down costs and cartage of liquid nitrogen to the site.
language barrier with regard to communicating with ships is becoming increasing
difficult. This presents a concern about safety, Terminals have made comments
to the shipping agents and have stipulated that Terminals will not be unloading
ships in the future if there is not an English speaking person on duty during
the committee could make an approach to the Port of Melbourne Corporation
stating our concerns with the safety aspect.
EPA have no say with regards to the ship unless there is a spill and WorkSafe
only get involved if there is an incident.
of thought there was some way of galvanising the authorities to get involved.
only way to get action is to stop the unloading of the ship making it a
the information with concern that Terminals has brought to our attention and
write to Port of Melbourne Corporation endorsing our concerns.
in favour of Bro’s suggestion.
to write to the Port of Melbourne Corporation.
problem has been ongoing for years with no satisfactory action taken.
have lost Michael Frost, Maintenance and Operations Superintendent to Marstel,
we wish him all the best for the future.
an email from Theo regarding Maribyrnong Council being nominated for a Safety
Community Award. Will tell us all about it at the next meeting.
also mentioned in his email the incident on the wharf over the weekend 15-16th
September, 2007 and the subsequent actions the council took in trying to inform
Tim if he could elaborate on the details of the incident.
incident happened on the site of the P & O Ports who were bought out by
D.P. World earlier this year. The incident happened on Saturday afternoon when
there was a small leak of Ethyl Acrylate. Not sure of the quantity just know
that it was only small. It occurred when an Isotainer containing the product
was damaged. The incident was reported mid afternoon Saturday.
of odour came from as far away as Tullamarine and Williamstown. The odour
threshold is 2 parts per billion, safe exposure is 5 parts per billion. The
EPA and MFB were in attendance at the site most of the weekend controlling the
incident. During their investigation no detectable levels to the atmosphere
were measured. Therefore no safety levels were exceeded. Reports received
within the community were that people smelt the odour and felt ill. Some of
the workers on Patrick’s site went home sick.
damaged isotainer was decanted into another isotainer. EPA sourced a
neutralising agent from BASF (MEA) to clean up spill.
they likely to be fined?
enforcement is warranted yes. These sites are not classified as a Major Hazard
Facility as the chemicals are only stored for a short time.
the odour myself at 2:20pm. The fire brigade attended the site at 2:40pm. The
southerly wind prevalent at the time changed to a northerly drift affecting
were quite a wide circle of communities affected.
where the containers are sealed so it doesn’t seem possible for authorities to
keep track of the quantity of containers contents.
containers carrying these types of chemicals are labelled similar to trucks and
stored in certain sections of the wharf.
EPA is investigating the incident and will be advising D.P. World of what
actions will be required.
Tim to advise committee of investigation outcome from the leak at D.P. World of
to report on investigation of the ethyl acrylate spill at D.P. World outcome at
of community members ringing the Williamstown Police Station regarding the
odour tying up valuable resources. Asked Tim if the EPA have a website as
there was nothing mentioned on 774 radio.
posted a message on the City of Maribyrnong phone system.
how everyone felt when they were informed about the spill as on the TV the
footage shown was of the tanks?
welcome a recommendation that the committee write to council and agencies
pointing out communication deficiencies when such incidents occur.
odour affected a large number of municipalities.
did not know what the odour was and if it was harmful.
the council and listened to the recording and then rang the call centre as
advised to do so on the recording. On contacting the call centre was advised
to contact the EPA.
council involved only need to provided a recorded message or direction to the
jumped on the band wagon after the fires. The news gave no details just
highlighted tanks and that was it. No details were given to contact anyone
regarding their concerns.
smell caused fear and concern.
different the scenario would have been if had wafted into the packed stadium of
Telstra Dome during the football match.
we hear are the fire engines going past. As the odours of such leaks are
profoundly exquisite, after 20 years why is this issue so difficult to fix.
write to the council about this issue and copy to PACIA
to write to the council and authorities pointing out communication deficiencies
when such incidents occur.
ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AUTHORITY
have been some staff changes and Quentin is back. Scott Maloney has resigned
taking up a position at BHP Alumina Refinery, Bunbury W.A., heading up the
to the meeting circulated copy of the draft EPA licence for Terminals. There
is a condition on the licence to ensure only on site waste is to be put thru
combustor. Under the Marpol (marine pollution) convention Terminals have to
take ship tank washing waste as part of their normal operations and
obligations. Section 1.2 of the licence.
needs to be reworded to say that only liquid waste generated on site with the
exception of ship tank washings to be put thru combustor.
licence stipulates only Marpol washings.
ground water monitoring program undertaken on the site recorded levels below
those of concern so therefore dropping two of the four wells. Terminals going
to monitor only the two wells close to the river.
ITEM 4. REVIEW
IAR AND EPA SIGN OFF
To be placed on Website as is.
ITEM 5. OPEN
DAY AT COODE ISLAND
ITEM 6. OTHER
The intended Newsletter was read and recommended
alternative wording was put forward for Terminals consideration. Copy of
if anyone had seen the article in “The Age” 13 September, 2007 about the
Melbourne Printing Museum in Moreland Street, Footscray started up by Michael
Isaachsen. Michael was congratulated for his tireless work in preserving a
unique collection of printing artefacts.
out copies of the article for those interested to read.
MEETING CLOSED 8:45PM
NEXT SCHEDULE MEETING: 22nd