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Coode Island Committee Update

14 November 2002 Meeting


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Terminals' Environment Improvement Plan (EIP)
Progress is being made in finalising the EIP, including a preamble that provides for an Improvement Action Report that will bring together actions required under the EIP and significant capital items required as a result of the Safety Case. It is envisaged that a monthly update of the progress with action items will be reported on the CICCC web site, and summaries being provided with the Terminals Monthly Report at the CICCC meetings.
The meeting was provided with some clarification of differences between Terminals' EMP and EIP.
The Environmental Management Plan (EMP) content comes principally from the EPA Licence Conditions, and has a short-term (say one year) focus.
The Environment Improvement Plan (EIP) content focuses on the bigger picture, longer-term improvements. The EIP will need to be reviewed about every three years.

Terminal's Safety Case
Bronwyn Brookman-Smith advised the Committee that the desk-top assessment of Terminal's Coode Island Safety Case was almost complete, save for a few items where further information is awaited from Terminals. Verification at the facility is scheduled to commence the week starting 18 November. A decision on the Safety Case could be made before the end of the year. 
Terminals advised that worst case scenarios, including spills and fires of Acrylonitrile, Propylene Oxide and Benzene have all been addressed, and that they were preparing a brochure to be made available to the community. The brochure would provide advice to the community on safety measures at the facility. The CICCC provided suggestions to improve the draft brochure, including making it widely available through community organisations, and the provision of summary advice in community languages other than English.

Acylonitrile Storage
Terminals advised that their Safety Case work on Acrylonitrile highlighted a potential, though unlikely, situation where Acrylonitrile was pooled within the bund, but remained unignited. It is desirable that automatic foam deluging be provided to minimise the risk from such a situation. Terminals is now evaluating the implementation of an automatic foam deluging system.

Terminals' Environment Improvement Plan (EIP)
Progress is being made in finalising the EIP, including a preamble that provides for an Improvement Action Report that will bring together actions required under the EIP and significant capital items required as a result of the Safety Case. It is envisaged that a monthly update of the progress with action items will be reported on the CICCC web site, and summaries being provided with the Terminals Monthly Report at the CICCC meetings.
The meeting was provided with some clarification of differences between Terminals' EMP and EIP.
The Environmental Management Plan (EMP) content comes principally from the EPA Licence Conditions, and has a short-term (say one year) focus.
The Environment Improvement Plan (EIP) content focuses on the bigger picture, longer-term improvements. The EIP will need to be reviewed about every three years.

Next meeting of the CICCC
Agenda items for the December meeting of the CICCC include the further discussion on the Environment Improvement Plan and an update from Robin Betts on the Emergency Management Pilot Project. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting on Thursday 12th December 2002 at the Maribyrnong Town Hall on the corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray at 6.30 pm
 


Robin Saunders, 

Chair CICCC, 

20 November 2002 

 

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