CHEMICAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE
Committee Chairman, Phil Morgan, called the meeting to order at 0830 hours.
Committee members and guests present:
Joanne G. Potvin - Director,
Raymond Potter - Bates College/Underhill Arena
Mark Ryberg - Tambrands
Kathryn Oak - The
Timothy Bubier - Deputy Director,
Philip H. Morgan - Member at Large
Stephen Brezenski –
Jessica Smith – Pioneer Plastics, Inc.
Bruce Peters – American Red Cross
Jamie Robinson – St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad
Vivian Matkivich – Lew/Aub Water Pollution Control Authority
Ron Dyer – Poland Spring Bottling Company
Doug Gleason – Safe Handling, Inc.
Bruce McKay – Battalion Chief Lewiston Fire Department
There was a quorum to conduct official business of the Committee.
The Secretary's report for the meeting of 27 July 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 – there were some questions and discussion relative to why revenue is shown as a negative when those funds are actually available – Business Manager will check into it; MFT&E no longer in the hazmat instructional business and being taken over by Life Safety Specialists Inc and SERC Training Committee will review their proposal at the August 2 meeting; LEPC Work Plans for Cumberland, Oxford and York Counties were reviewed and accepted by the SERC; letters of non-compliance have been sent to 70 facilities and one company’s lack of reporting, etc has been sent to the AG’s office for enforcement action – this company has already been fined by EPA and DEP; a program for development of a state/Regional CBRNE Task Force is scheduled for September 11-13 at Florian Hall in MEMA’s home building on Commerce Street; Hazmat Safety Officer training scheduled for November 6-8 in Florian Hall – MEMA still waiting to confirm instructor before sending out applications; Tank Truck Rollover training program is scheduled for Sept 29 at Brunswick Old High School – October 13 at Searsport Fire Station for classroom and truck work at Maritime Farms route 1 – October 17 at Lincoln Region 3 Vocational School and October 20 at Bridgton Municipal Complex; DuPont’s rail car training will be held at the Maine Intermodal Terminal in Auburn on August 25 at 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM – COBRA Team will be participating; SERC Training Committee meeting scheduled for August 2; EMA Training Report – none as training as not been scheduled for the next several weeks to allow Tim to complete the MERC Course curriculum
C. Financial Report: Funds received since last meeting: $9,858.67 for HSGP invoices + earned interest of $69.01 for June for total of $9,927.68; total LEPC expenditures (from all accounts) $361,542.66; unencumbered balance $25,245.84 and encumbered balance $7,753.66; purchases made since last meeting: office supplies of paper, envelopes and labels
D. Status of Homeland Security Grant 2005 and 2006 Funds - Where are we now? There’s been no change from the last meeting – MEMA still waiting to hear what the FY-07 allocation will be and anticipates that it will be one of four states with the lowest allocations; FY-05 is closing out – some EOC enhancement dollars have been made available to each County and Androscoggin has received $39K to replace the EOC phone system, the County-wide base radio system and a ten-year old staff computer; also the Tri-County EMAs of Androscoggin/Oxford/Franklin have received $35K for a contract planner, to be shared amongst the three counties
E. COBRA Team status: team has two items to complete before it could receive its final blessing from MEMA – those items have been addressed and the team should be on the road by week’s end
A. “White Powder Incident” protocols – were to be mailed out by August 9 but not yet given “final’ okay by MEMA
B. “Draft” Hazmat Ops and Hazmat Tech Competency Checklists should be formalized by the next LEPC meeting
C. DOT Emergency Response Guidebooks now available as downloadable document for Windows PC and PDAs at http://hazmat.dot.gov/pubs/erg/gydebook.htm
D. Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Appendix A – List of DHS Chemicals of Interest – if you have these chemicals in the amounts listed, you will be required to do the Dept of Homeland Security anti-Terrorism Plan for your Facilities – Joanne has the extensive list of chemicals if you want to peruse it
A. TRI Reports were due July 1st
B. EARLY REMINDER: 2007 Facility Registrations with fees due October 1st
SCHEDULING OF NEXT MEETING
Next Meeting is August 31 - September 28 - October 26 - November 16 -
Red Cross has offered space for the September meeting.
Meeting adjourned at
LEPC MEETING REMINDER
THE NEXT LEPC MEETING WILL BE HELD
LOCATED BENEATH CENTRAL FIRE STATION AT