Thursday 3 February
ITEM 1. WELCOME BY THE
everyone those present.
ITEM 2. APOLOGIES
Brotherton, Peter La Rose, Cr Colleen Hartland, Margaret Donnan, Michael
Isaachsen, Sue Chatterton
ITEM 3. CONFIRMATION
OF DRAFT AGENDA
with Item 10 brought forward to enable Chris Watt to return to emergency
ITEM 10. PRESENTATION – CHRIS
AVAILABILITY AT COODE ISLAND
Chris had previously circulated a six page “Audit of MFB Foam
Capacity” by email on 6 December 2004. In summary:
litres are held in MFB Appliances and “B” Class supplies;
litres are held by the Aviation Rescue & Fire Fighting Service;
litres are held by Harbour Control;
litres are held by Mobil;
litres are held by Kidde/Angus Fire;
litres are held by Chubb Australia;
litres are held by 3M.
Composite total for MFB Use 293,030 litres
A Foam was very efficient, but was too toxic. The industry standard is now AFFF
(Aqueous Film Forming Foam), and most of the above inventory is AFFF. Some of
this AFFF foam is also ATC (Alcohol Type Concentrate).
the foam is concentrate, and is mixed at the time of application to a fire in a
3% to 6% combination with water. Appliances can handle both types of
concentrates, and a setting is available for the dilution factor required.
Commonly foam will be applied to a tank fire at a rate of 6½ litres per square metre of tank area per minute for 55 minutes. For
a 20 metre diameter tank (like the acrylate tanks) this would require 90,000 litres,
or say 5,000 litres of concentrate.
foam supplies be expended, further supplies can be obtained from interstate
within 24 hours. Interstate supply might be used to refill an exhausted supply
after a major fire.
reminded the meeting that all Terminals tanks have foam injection equipment,
able to be activated from the foam control room. Terminals has 12,000 litres of
AFFF ATC concentrate at Plant B and a further 2,500 litres at Plant C. George
also stated that in a big fire that is too hot to get near, water deluging with
sprays is used first.
gave a brief report on the emergency activity resulting from the rainfall event
of the previous 24 hours. MFB responded to 600 calls from 10:15 pm Wednesday to
midnight, with a further 820 calls received to 2 pm Thursday. Further rain is
expected tonight, and a high tide is expected at about 10:00 pm. The
interaction of river flows and high tide may present further problems of
flooding. Emergency Command Victoria assists in prioritising calls for
also advised that MFB is reviewing its roles across Melbourne, and
representation at CICCC will become a Western Region function. If a wider
perspective is sought, or specialized knowledge in relation to Major Hazard
Facilities, Chris will remain available to provide advice.
behalf of the Committee, Robin thanked Chris for his contribution to the
will advise Robin of the name and contact details of the Western Region officer
who will represent MFB in future at CICCC.
ITEM 4: ADVISORY
COMMITTEE RE 99 MOELAND ST “CALL IN” & PORT BUFFER AREA
tabled a report by David Walmsley on the Directions Hearing held on 3 February.
Key items in the report are:
advisory Committee is seeking to confine its deliberations to the merits of 99
Moreland Street, while having regard to the Port Environs Plan and the draft
new format Port Planning Scheme.
key process and timeframes outlined by the Advisory Committee are:
Draft Port Environs Plan — 11 February
Draft New Format Port Planning Scheme —25
Second Directions Hearing — 3 March
Exchange of information between parties —
Advisory Committee hearings from 25 March for 3
weeks to 15 April
Advisory Committee reports to Minister by end of
applicant is in negotiation with the State Government about possible relocation
of their project to the Footscray station precinct.
reported that she had made a submission on the process to the Advisory
Committee on behalf of CICCC (presenting the view that the time scale was
inadequate), and had tabled that submission (previously circulated by email).
advised the Committee that the applicant seemed to have very little support
from the 30 or so attendees at the Directions Hearing, a number that included
legal representation for a number of parties, and representation from a number
of Government Departments. He stated that while some work had been done in
relation to buffer areas around Geelong Port, no-one appears to have been
looking at zoning around the port in Melbourne. George tabled a summary of the
Fremantle Inner Harbour Buffer Definition Study, which he recommended. It is on
the web at www.freport.wa.gov.au
offered to keep the Committee advised when the Draft Port Environs Plan and the
New Format Port Planning Scheme are received by Council, and to provide copies
to members. The Committee decided to change the date of the next meeting from
24 February to 3 March 2005.
to provide advice and copies of the two documents to Committee members when
they are available.
ITEM 5 REPORTS
FROM AGENCIES AND TERMINALS
ITEM 5A: TERMINALS
Terminals Operations Report December 2004 /January 2005
A further 5 week extension has been granted on the lease. Now the
East side tanks are to be liquid free by 8 April 2005. By 3 June 2006 the
statement of environmental audit must be provided. A condition on
Terminals’ Major Hazard Facilities License (restricting use of the east
side after the end of 2004) has been amended to allow continued operation.
the period since the last visit, Councilors from the City of Greater Geelong
visited Coode Island. They are considering a request from Terminals to set up a
Consultative Committee similar to the CICCC. Robin reported that he had
received a phone call from Peter Reeve seeking advice on the CICCC Terms of
Reference and procedures.
has provided further advice on the sewer for Coode Island, and the sewer is now
firmly expected to be installed by the end of 2005.
tanks have now been relocated to the west side, with two more to follow
shortly, and a further two a little later. Planning approval was provided for
the relocation of two of these tanks, a Phenol tank from the East Side to the
West Side, and Tank 314 in the same bund.
facility was closed down on 3 February 2005 due to the severe storms and rain,
which caused water to pond near the base of some switch boards.
ITEM 5B: WORKSAFE
representative of WorkSafe has been appointed since the resignation of Bronwyn
Brookman Smith. (By email on 4 February 2005, Geoff Cooke,
Principal Safety Analyst WorkSafe – Hazard Management Division has advised
that he will be the new WorkSafe representative on the CICCC.)
ITEM 5C: ENVIRONMENT
advice was given at the last meeting that Richard Marks would be the new client
manager, Richard has now accepted a different post within EPA. Quentin will
continue to attend CICCC meetings.
attended the 99 Moreland Street Advisory Committee Directions Hearing, and
requested to be heard.
is reviewing the new EIP. In response to questions, Quentin mentioned two
points in relation to the EIP. The first was that there was no mention of the
Improvement Action Report (and EPA supports its continued use), and the second
was that there was no specific treatment of greenhouse emissions. Terminals
stated that a number of the proposed improvements would be greenhouse friendly.
reminded the Committee of the usual practice in other EPA committees for
representatives of the Committee to sign off the EIP, along with EPA and the
proponent. Discussion followed, with reference made to the different procedures
adopted by the CICCC from those at some of the other committees. Robin drew
attention to the report in the October 2005 Minutes and Media Release stating
that the EIP had been reviewed in detail at the CICCC meeting.
advised that commissioning of the Marstel facility was anticipated over the
next two months. A Works Approval for butadiene storage at Terminals’
Geelong facility has been submitted and accepted, and is now being advertised.
City of Greater Geelong is the Responsible Authority for the Port Planning
Scheme at Geelong (unlike Melbourne, where the Minister is the Planning and
Responsible Authority). Although there is no statutory provision for third
party comment under the Geelong Port Scheme (which is the same as for the Port
of Melbourne in this respect), the City of Greater Geelong did advertise the
permit, and about ten objections to the planning permit for the Butadiene
proposal were received. These have no statutory standing. Terminals has now
appealed to VCAT for the failure of the City of Greater Geelong to decide the
application in the statutory time.
ITEM 5D: CITY
has implemented the telephone alert system to cover premises along the
Maribyrnong River where there is some potential for flooding. A message of
reassurance was sent to the 500 people on the system advising about the likely
impact of the heavy rain, and providing a number for further information. Few
people rang the further information number, and Council felt that the exercise
had been successful. The cost of the automatic calls to 500 numbers was $200, a
modest charge for the service provided.
ITEM 6: TARGETS/OBJECTIVES
FOR THE 2ND EIP FOR THE PERIOD 2005 TO 2008
presented overheads of the material previously circulated by email on 1
December 2004. (The full document also provides a broad description of the
summarized the Second EIP as covering:
Review of the effectiveness of the first EIP;
Clean up of the East Side;
Continued tank upgrading on West Side;
Continued work on drainage on West Side;
Combuster heat recovery;
Truck filling arrangements;
Connecting remaining tanks to the new vapour
sought advice from George on the results of groundwater monitoring.
response to a comment by Jim that the Second EIP needed thorough scrutiny by
the Committee, George suggested that he would develop a program to take the
Committee through the new aspects of the EIP at the next few scheduled
meetings. Quentin drew to the Committee’s attention the importance of the
EIP in relation to Terminal’s Accredited Licensee status.
enquired about the greenhouse requirements of EPA and Environment Australia.
Quentin offered to circulate the EPA’s guidelines for EIP’s.
to program new EIP items for presentation at future meetings, and to provide an
overview of groundwater monitoring results.
to circulate the EPA requirements for EIP’s.
ITEM 7: REVIEW
OF MEETING FREQUENCY
noted that there would be six meeting in 2005, and that George had scheduled
extra meetings where needed. While drawing attention to the two and a half
month gap between the July and October meetings, a period that seemed
excessive, Deborah advised that she was prepared to stay with the present
arrangements, given that many of the significant issues facing Terminals in the
past had been thoroughly explored by the Committee.
ITEM 8: REPORT
ON REMEDIATION PLAN FOR THE EAST SIDE
made a presentation on the remediation plan, showing overheads of the various
contaminated areas and the depths of soil to be removed. (A copy of the
overheads will be emailed for distribution.) Where the depth of material to be
removed is shown as, say, 0 – 1 metre, all the material will be taken
offsite to the Lyndhurst Landfill. Where the depth of material is shown as 1
– 1½ metre, say, the top 1 metre will be removed and stockpiled,
and replaced along with other clean fill when the contaminated strata has been
consultants for the work are ERM, and tenders are currently being assessed.
Below the tanks that are being moved, where testing was not able to be done
previously, test pits will be dug, and the material tested.
to the advice provided earlier that the east side tanks are to be liquid free
by 8 April, the will be gas free and cleaned by 6 May, and the demolition will
commence shortly after that date.
asked about the criteria to be used to decide what contaminated material was to
be removed, and George said he would provide the criteria. Robin requested that
it be also referenced to the low level and high level criteria for acceptance
to provide advice on contamination levels, with the criteria for removal from
site, and acceptance at tips included.
advised that the groundwater wells on the east side would continue to be
monitored, and that P&O Ports lease would provide for access by Terminals
for such monitoring.
ITEM 9: CONFIRMATION
draft minutes for the meetings of 14 October and 9 December 2004 were adopted
ITEM 11: OTHER
on the Geelong butadiene planning process and the review of the next meeting
date have been reported above. George requested that the issue of refreshing
Community Membership of the CICCC be put on the agenda for the next meeting.
Meeting Closed 10:20 pm