ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY
CHEMICAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE
ANDROSCOGGIN UNIFIED EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
45 OAK STREET, 2 COLLEGE STREET (mail)
LEWISTON, ME 04240-7101


MAY 29, 2009

Committee Chair, Phil Morgan, called the meeting to order at 0830 hours. Introductions were done and the committee welcomed Robert Papsis of Tambrands (P&G) and Anne Mousseau of Crop Production Services (formerly UAP Distribution)

Committee members and guests present:

Joanne G. Potvin - Director, Androscoggin Unified Emergency Management Agency
Phil Morgan – Member-at-Large
Danielle Nadeau-Dresser – American Red Cross
Ken Allen – DCP Midstream
Kendall Putnam – Asst Plans, Trng & Ops Officer, Androscoggin Unified Emerg Mgmt Agency
Irene Gagne – Pioneer Plastics
Kevin Oliveira – St. Mary’s Health Systems
Ray Potter – Bates College
Anne Mousseau – Crop Production Services
Timothy Bubier – Deputy Director, Androscoggin Unified Emergency Management Agency
John McGuire – General Electric
Bob Daigle – International Paper
Brian Drexel – Safe Handling, Inc.
Scott Clark – Safe Handling, Inc.
Karen LaRue – Tambrands P&G
Robert Papsis – Tambrads P&G
Wayne Cotterly – Local Government Representative – Poland EMA Director
James Lawlor – Auburn Police Department

There was a quorum to conduct official business of the Committee.

SECRETARY'S REPORT

The Secretary's report for the meeting of 24 April was accepted without change. Meeting minutes are now posted on the County EMA Website: http://www.androscogginema.org

OLD BUSINESS

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 – SERC meeting minutes indicate that LEPC training and stipend formulas were approved for 2010 – training funds disbursement will be different this year as each County will have a certain amount of money to pay for training for its departments – SERC will also set aside an amount of money to pay for the State’s funded teams; legislation has also been introduced to change state law that would mandate that all facility fees be sent at one time, i.e., March 1of each year; the 2009 Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness conference fielded an excess of 400 participants over the two-day conference and the 2010 conference is on course for the first week of May; SERC discussed complaints about vendors doing Ops training without hands-on as well as doing hazmat courses requiring use of respirators without students being fit-tested prior to the course - SERC Training Committee has been asked to follow-up on these complaints; Rail Car training is forthcoming in Waterville and South Portland and there will be TRI workshops in Lewiston and Portland – date/time TBA; EMA Training Report – staff currently work with ocals on H1N1 plans and procedures – available to assist business and industry with planning and training in this area; Hazmat Awareness Training is being conducted for Bates Mill on June 11; staff is assisting Sabattus local officials with emergency operations plan development; County staff will participate in the first of two state-wide County EOC exercises on June 25 (tabletop exercise) and the second will be a 24-hour functional exercise on October 29; upcoming is Bates College full-scale exercise on august 20 and will involve participation from numerous local emergency response, County EMA staff, DEP and private sector interests
C. Financial Report: Funds received since last meeting: $1,831.71 for contract planner + $66.18 in earned interest for April for total of $1,897.89; total expenditures $ 401,608.33; unencumbered balance of $27,097.67; encumbered balance of $17,632.30; purchases made since last meeting – none; purchases to recommend - none
D. Status of Homeland Security Grant 2007 - Where are we now?
Waiting on FY-09 HSGP to open (probably sometime this fall – no date available)
E. COBRA Team status: recently completed ammonia training
F. Reviewed procedure/protocol for response to “suspicious powder incident” as a result of discussion abouit March’s incident at TD Banknorth

NEW BUSINESS

A. Ken Allen of DCP Midstream announced that DCP Midstream was awarded the President’s Award for Safety for the second year in a row – CONGRATULATIONS!!!

OTHER BUSINESS

A. Androscoggin EMA’s Deputy Director reported on Tier II reports received and the work on reconciling our list against SERC’s list of reporting facilities

SCHEDULING OF NEXT MEETING

Next Meeting is JUNE 26 – July 31 – August 28 – September 25 – October 30 – November 20 December 18, 2009 @ 8:30 AM at the County EMA Office located at 45 Oak Street beneath Lewiston Central Fire station – please be sure to use the Oak Street entrance

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 9:17 A.M.