ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY

CHEMICAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE

ANDROSCOGGIN UNIFIED EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER

45 OAK STREET,  2 COLLEGE STREET (mail)

LEWISTON, ME  04240-7101

                                   

 

DECEMBER 21, 2007

 

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, 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

            Jessica Smith – Pioneer Plastics

            Kenneth Allen – DCP Midstream

            Mike Rioux – St. Germain & Associates

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

            Andre Marquis – Planning Associate, Androscoggin Unified Emergency Management Agency

            Phil Morgan – At Large

            Ravi Singh – Wal-Mart Distribution Center 7014

            Rob Sommerville – Safe Handling, Inc.

            Gordon Riordon – Pan Am Railways

            Ken Jones – Wausau Paper / Chief Livermore Falls Fire Dept

            Kathryn Oak – The Maine Wood Treaters

            John Storer – Auburn Water & Sewer

 

 

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 – 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

           

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

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

 

           

 


 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

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.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

            Meeting adjourned at 9:30 A.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LEPC MEETING REMINDER

 

 

THE NEXT LEPC MEETING WILL BE HELD

 

ON

 

FRIDAY 25 JANUARY 2008

 

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ANDROSCOGGIN UNIFIED EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

 

LOCATED BENEATH LEWISTON FIRE HEADQUARTERS

45 OAK STREET, LEWISTON

 

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8:30 a.m.