ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY

CHEMICAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE

ANDROSCOGGIN UNIFIED EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER

45 OAK STREET,  2 COLLEGE STREET (mail)

LEWISTON, ME  04240-7101

                                   

 

NOVEMBER 16, 2007

 

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO RAVI SINGH AND KEITH OUELLETTE AND WAL-MART DISTRIBUTION CENTER FOR HOSTING THIS MONTH’S LEPC MEETING.

 

Committee Chairman, Phil Morgan, called the meeting to order at 0830 hours. 

 

            Committee members and guests present:

 

            Joanne G. Potvin - Director, Androscoggin Unified Emergency Management Agency

            Raymond Potter - Bates College/Underhill Arena

            Mark Ryberg – Proctor & Gamble Auburn

            Tim Bubier – Deputy Director, Androscoggin Unified Emergency Management Agency

            Jamie Robinson – St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad

            Vivian Matkivich – Lew/Aub Water Pollution Control Authority

            John Silvestri – Knight-Celotex, Lisbon Falls

            Jessica Smith – Pioneer Plastics

            Kenneth Allen – DCP Midstream

            David White – United Ambulance Service

            Mike Rioux – St. Germain & Associates

            Kendall Putnam – Asst Plans, Training & Ops Officer, Androscoggin Unified E.M.A.

            Karen LaRue – Proctor & Gamble Auburn

            Andre Marquis – Planning Associate, Androscoggin Unified Emergency Management Agency

            Roger Fournier – Knight-Celotex, Lisbon Falls

            Phil Morgan – At Large

            Keith Ouellette – Wal-Mart Distribution Center 7014

            Dick Deans – Paris Farmers’ Union

            Ron Dyer – Poland Spring Bottling

            Ravi Singh – Wal-Mart Distribution Center 7014

            Gerry Pineau – United Ambulance Service

            Paul LeClair – Chief Lewiston Fire Department

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECRETARY'S REPORT

 

The Secretary's report for the meeting of 16 November was accepted without change.  Meeting minutes are now posted on the web site: 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 – next SERC meeting scheduled for November 20; minutes from the SERC Training Committee meeting of October 4 have not yet been distributed; EMA Training Report - COBRA Team and Vivian Matkivich of Lew/Aub Water Pollution Control Authority attended the Hazmat Safety Officer training held on November 6-8 and reported it as excellent training; Tim Bubier attended a radiology department exercise at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center on November 13 and congratulations to St. Mary’s for a successful exercise; upcoming training includes ICS training for Livermore Falls on November 20 from noon to 4 PM and again from 5:30 to 9:30 PM

 

C.                                         Financial Report: Funds received since last meeting: $2,764.89 for quarterly stipend + $2,081.71 for HSGP invoices + earned interest of $174.34 for a total of $5,019.94; total LEPC expenditures $369,134.02; unencumbered balance $26,689.39 and encumbered balance $9,573.88; purchases made since last meeting:  none  -  Purchases to recommend: none

 

D.                                        Status of Homeland Security Grant 2007 - Where are we now?  All applications are due to the County EMA office no later than 4 PM today (November 16) – all applications will be reviewed by the County Review Committee on November 27 and that Committee’s recommendations will be forwarded to MEMA for the state Review Committee no later than 30 November; the State Review Committee expects to review all applications on December 14 and awards should be made by the following week

 

E.                                         COBRA Team status: nothing to report this month

           

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

A.        Joanne reviewed Maine DEP’s law regarding reporting chemical spills that involve chemicals not covered by an SPCC Plan.  Joanne has a copy of the law and can send a copy upon request

 

B.        Joanne provided a brief report on Dept of Homeland Security reporting requirements for facilities that have chemicals in amount that make them subject to the new requirements; Mike Rioux, Senior Regulatory Specialist at St. Germain & Associates, Inc. forwarded the following information immediately after the meeting:

 

 

 

                “The LEPC meeting and tour of the Walmart Distribution Center was very

interesting and worthwhile attending.  Regarding the Chemicals of

Interest List from the Dept. of Homeland Security, the final list was

published in the Federal Register on November 2nd.  Companies have 60

days from that date to review the list and determine if any of the

screening thresholds have been exceeded.  If any of the screening

thresholds have been exceeded, then the company is required to go onto

the DHS website and complete a "Top Screen".  Once completed, the DHS

will review the results of the Top Screen and determine whether the

company does not have a security issue or the company does have a

security issue and will have to develop additional security measures

specified in the final rule.  Follow this link for the Chemicals of

Interest List and the final rule:

http://www.dhs.gov/xprevprot/programs/gc_1169501486179.shtm.  Please

feel free to pass this link on to the committee members.

 

If you need me to explain this rule or any other environmental statue or

regulation to the LEPC, I will be glad to do so at my expense.  Part of

my job is to stay abreast of these regulations and I will be glad to

share that information with the committee.”

 

Thank you Mike for this very informative e-mail.  Perhaps you would do a brief presentation at our next LEPC meeting in December???

 

           

 


 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

A.        The membership in attendance enjoyed a very information presentation by Ravi Singh and Keith Ouellette pertaining to the Wal-Mart Distribution Center then provided a very informative tour.  Side Note since the meeting:  I have heard great comments on how everyone enjoyed the tour.  Thanks again to Wal-Mart Distribution Center as well as Ravi and Keith.

 

 

SCHEDULING OF NEXT MEETING

 

Next Meeting is DECEMBER 21at 8:30 A.M. at the Androscoggin Unified Emergency  Management Agency located beneath Lewiston Fire Headquarters at 45 Oak Street in Lewiston – please be sure to use the Oak Street entrance to the EMA office.

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

            Meeting adjourned at 9:30 A.M. then followed by a facility tour for those who chose to stay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LEPC MEETING REMINDER

 

 

THE NEXT LEPC MEETING WILL BE HELD

 

ON

 

FRIDAY 21 DECEMBER 2007

 

AT

 

ANDROSCOGGIN UNIFIED EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

 

LOCATED BENEATH LEWISTON FIRE HEADQUARTERS

45 OAK STREET, LEWISTON

 

AT

 

8:30 a.m.