CHEMICAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE
SPECIAL THANKS TO MIKE RIOUX OF ST. GERMAIN & ASSOCIATES FOR HIS TIME IN MAKING THE PRESENTATION ON THE NEW HOMELAND SECURITY PLANNING ISSUES FOR FACILITIES.
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 – Proctor & Gamble
Tim Bubier – Deputy Director,
Jamie Robinson – St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad
Vivian Matkivich – Lew/Aub Water Pollution Control Authority
Jessica Smith – Pioneer Plastics
Kenneth Allen – DCP Midstream
Mike Rioux – St. Germain & Associates
Kendall Putnam – Asst Plans, Training & Ops Officer,
Andre Marquis – Planning Associate,
Phil Morgan – At Large
Rob Sommerville – Safe Handling, Inc.
Gordon Riordon – Pan Am Railways
Ken Jones –
Kathryn Oak – The
John Storer –
There was a quorum to conduct official business of the Committee.
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
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 – no meetig minutes to date – SERC Retreat and meeting is scheduled for January 23-23 at The Senator in Augusta; EMA Training Report – two ICS training programs were conducted at Livermore Falls on November 20; Tim Bubier attended a chlorine exercise conducted by Lewiston Water Division, Auburn Water & Sewer District and Lewiston/Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority on December 13 – there was no other training to report on
C. Financial Report: Funds received since last meeting: $2,488.04 for HSGP invoices (contract planner) + November earned interest of $62.46 for a total of $2,550.50; total LEPC expenditures $370,282.62; unencumbered balance $26,543.25 and encumbered balance $9,573.88; purchases made since last meeting: 2 cases of paper; purchases to recommend: none
D. Status of Homeland Security Grant 2007 - Where are we now? All applications totaling nearly $450,000 were reviewed by the County Review Committee on November 27 and that Committee’s prioritized recommendations were forwarded to MEMA for the State Review Committee by the 30 November deadline; the State Review Committee was expected to review all applications on December 14 and awards should be made in the next week or so
E. COBRA Team status: they continue with training and exercising but there is no event response to report on this month
A. Joanne provided early reminder the 2007 Chemical Inventory Reports will be due ELECTRONICALLY on March 1 – if you need assistance, please contact the EMA office and we’ll be happy to assist you; also, a question arose as to whether the State will accept correspondence electronically without the original signature – here is Robert Gardner’s reply: “For those using Tier II Submit the SERC has followed the lead of EPA and will allow electronic signatures for this reporting only. The SERC still only accepts TRI information on paper therefore it would be a printout of the TRI ME information with a signature.” Hope this answers the question.
B. Rob Somerville of Safe Handling provided a brief overview of some new operational initiatives – they are operating under a new management system of “Responsible Care” that addresses environment, health, safety and security; they are coordinating with Public Safety entities in developing their emergency plan; rob also reported that they are now receiving ethanol and will soon begin transfers from rail to truck
A. Mike Rioux of St. Germain & Associates presented some very informative information pertaining to Dept of Homeland Security’s new security planning regulations.
Thank you, Mike, for that presentation.
SCHEDULING OF NEXT MEETING
Next Meeting is JANUARY 25 (FEBRUARY 29, MARCH 28, APRIL 25, MAY 30, JUNE 27, JULY 25, AUGUST 29, SEPTEMBER 26, OCTOBER 31, NOVEMBER 21, DECEMBER 19) - 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.
Meeting adjourned at
LEPC MEETING REMINDER
THE NEXT LEPC MEETING WILL BE HELD