CHEMICAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE
May 25, 2007
Committee Chairman, Phil Morgan, called the meeting to order at 0830 hours. New members were introduced.
Committee members and guests present:
Joanne G. Potvin - Director,
Raymond Potter - Bates College/Underhill Arena
Mark Ryberg - Tambrands
Vivian Matkivich - Lew/Aub Water Pollution Control Authority
George Merrill - Assistant Chief Lewiston Fire Department
Kathryn Oak - The
Timothy Bubier - Deputy Director,
Ken Allen - DCP Midstream
Jamie Robinson - St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad
Nicole Potempa - Asst Plans, Trng & Ops Officer,
Philip Morgan - Member at Large
Stephen Brezenski –
Bruce Peters – American Red Cross
Bob Irish – General Electric-Auburn
David Chick – Lewiston Police Department
Keith Ouellette – Wal-
Rob Somerville – Safe Handling, Inc.
Doug Gleason – Safe Handling, Inc.
There was a quorum to conduct official business of the Committee.
The Secretary's report for the meeting of 27 April was accepted without change. Meeting minutes are now posted on the web site: http://www.androscogginema.org
A. Committee Secretary reported there were no requests for community right-to-know information since the last meeting
B. Committee Secretary provided the SERC and SERC Training Reports – at the May 22 SERC meeting, members requested a more in-depth and read-friendly financial report for the next meeting; SERC approved a OPS to Technician Bridge Course from Training Technologies International for the Fast-Track process; LEPC Annual work Plans and Budgets were approved for 12 of the 16 counties with York’s being returned for better detail – Oxford, Cumberland and Piscataquis counties have not yet turned in their work plan and budgets (reviewed Androscoggin’s budget later in this agenda); SERC discussed compliance issues pertaining to facilities that are not reporting – one facility in Union has been turned over to the Attorney general’s office for enforcement and SERC indicates that they are now stepping up their initiation of enforcement activities against facilities that are not reporting despite several requests to do so; SERC reported that, on average, a facility pays about $170/year in fees to the SERC and that a fine for non-compliance will cost them far more than that; SERC reviewed the Vision and Mission Statements; there are plans to develop a State/Regional CBRNE Task Force and a training program will be conducted September 11-13 in Augusta (at the commerce Bldg that houses MEMA – in Florian Hall) – info being forwarded to the COBRA Team; SERC is looking to fund a Hazmat Safety Officer Training course perhaps in October at Georgia Tech or National Fire Academy – more info will come later; DEP is sponsoring another four Tank Truck Rollover Training Program thisfall in Searsport, Brunswick, Bridgton and – looking for a fourth location – with dates to be announced later; EMA Training Report – EMA Deputy Director is participated in a large emergency vehicle driver instructor-trainer program in Colchester, VT onmay 21-22 and is just about ready to begin the driver training program for the COBRA Team and ASO deputies and transport officers who will be delivering the command/communications vehicle – need to identify a site to do the closed course part of the program; Joanne & Nicole attended the 18th Annual SERC Conference at the Augusta Civic Center on May 22-23
C. Financial Report: Funds received since last meeting: $12,668.18 for HSGP ‘05 invoices, and $65.48 in earned interest for April for total of $12,733.66; total LEPC expenditures (from all accounts) $338,460.84; unencumbered balance $26,264.53 and encumbered balance $10,369.42; purchases made since last meeting: none – NOTE: $4,500 of expired/unexpended exercise funds were returned to MEMA on 5/21
1. As indicated at the April meeting, we were requested by SERC to submit our Annual Work Plan and Budgets (itemization of how we would use our FY-07 allocation of $11,059.56) – see Work Plan and “Budget” handout with these minutes – Committee voted unanimously to accept the budget as presented and approved by the SERC
D. Status of Homeland Security Grant 2005 and 2006 Funds - Where are we now?
No change from the last meeting
E. COBRA Team status: Tim attended Large Emergency Vehicle Driver Instructor Training program hosted by Colchester Rescue Services under the auspices of Volunteer Fire Insurance Service at Colchester, VT on May 21-22 and will be scheduling the program for the COBRA Team first then for ASO patrol and transport officers who will be delivering the command/communications vehicle then will do the training as needed in the counties that will be using the vehicle; EMA staff will be meeting with COBRA Team Department Chiefs on May 31; in the process of rodering the team’s pagers and goal is to put the team on the road by July 1st.
A. Discussed SERC’s enforcement activities for non-compliant facilities
B. Brief discussion pertaining to the new DHS (Dept of Homeland Security) Chemical Security Plan required by facilities that have chemicals on DHS’s target list – go to the following site to view the list of chemicals and the planning requirements: www.dhs.gov/chemicalsecurity
A. Received request from Maine DEP to do a presentation at one of our future LEPC meetings – tentatively scheduled for the June meeting
B. We will be discussing SERC and LEPC responsibilities and how they tie in to EMA at the July meeting
Intermodal Terminal in
SCHEDULING OF NEXT MEETING
Next Meeting is JUNE 29 - July 27 - August 31 - September 28 - October 26 -
November 16 -
Red Cross has offered space for the September meeting.
Meeting adjourned at
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LEPC MEETING REMINDER
THE NEXT LEPC MEETING WILL BE HELD
MAINE D.E.P. WILL BE DOING A PRESENTATION.