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Bluewater Community Advisory Panel


Thursday September 18, 2021 – Imperial Oil Board Room, Admin Building, Christina & Clifford Street

Lynn Anderson, JoAnn Brown, Martin Bruce, Warren Burton, Sherri Blair, Heather Cooper, Carolyn Harris, Duncan Longwell, Brenda Lorenz, Janet Maaten, Liz McLachlin, Peter St. George, Doug Woodrow

Guests: Lyle Lalonge, Curt Roush

Regrets: Arnold Anderson, Tom Hughes, Marg Ryan, Tom Strifler

IOL Site Presentation on Risk Management and Assessment Lyle Lalonge presented Imperial Oil’s approach to Risk Assessment and Management. Please note that the presentation is available to those interested so please contact either Heather or Tara to obtain a copy.

Lyle mentioned the recent Federal Government Legislation regulating the handling and use of 174 types of hazardous materials/substances through the Environmental Response Plan. Anyone handling even the minimum amounts as specified in the legislation must comply with the new regulations. Main goals of this legislation focus on prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

Brenda recognized industry as leaders in risk management processes. Individuals would be well advised to follow the example that industry has provided as they are constantly evaluating risk and updating their approaches to dealing with its management.

Approval of Minutes Agreement that the minutes be approved as printed. Moved by Liz McLachlan, Seconded by Duncan LongwellPassed.

Ethyl Responsible Care Reverification Doug Woodrow spoke about Ethyl’s upcoming Responsible Care reverification and their search to provide a community name to the CCPA for approval. The reverification process will be taking place in January 2004. Community members will be contacted to nominate a fellow member to participate in the reverification process. For further information please contact either Doug, Heather or Tara.

Please note that Basell will be going through the same process in March 2004. By the end of January Basell will be interviewing members to participate in the process. Again please contact Sheri, Heather or Tara for further information.

Between the training involved and the reverification process itself, anyone volunteering to participate should expect to commit approximately one week to the project.

Harmac Transportation Inc. Presentation by Curt Roush Curt Roush, Director of Safety and Responsible Care Co-ordinator for Harmac Transportation Inc., provided an extensive presentation on emergency preparedness and risk management within the trucking business. Please note the notes about that presentation are provided in the form of an attachment to these minutes.

Prior to the review of the Air Quality Forum, the community members reviewed for the assembly the visit, in July, to the Clean Harbors Site and subsequent discussions with Ken Hall and Dean Edwardson. Brenda had made the point that the natural composition of land (Blue Clay) in Lambton County makes it an ideal location to house a hazardous substances storage facility like Clean Harbors. Substances stored at this site prevent future “Love Canals” from occurring due to inadequate/inappropriate storage procedures. The community certainly appreciated the openness that Dean Edwardson and Ken Hall extended to us during our visit.

Summary of Sarnia Public Air Quality Forum Tara reviewed many of the points made at the forum regarding Air Quality and provided opinions regarding the lack of balance as a result of industry’s absence. Both Lynn and Brenda provided further perspectives on the Forum.

The Air Quality Forum reviewed CPPI/CCME initiatives with relation to the National Framework for Petroleum Refinery Emission Reduction and St. John, NB, community efforts in obtaining reduced emissions from the local Irving Oil Refinery. Heather distributed the NFPRER summary to the committee.

Janet suggested that we have NFPRER provide a presentation at a future BCAP meeting. Moved by Janet Maaten, Seconded by Brenda Lorenz

Due to time restrictions a couple of items were tabled to the next meeting. Brenda made the recommendation to the agreement of the assembly that only one presentation be scheduled for upcoming meetings due to the time factor.

Next meeting to take place October 16
th, at 5:00pm to be held at the Nova Mooretown Site.

Tara McIntosh.


Harmac Transportation Inc.

Presentation by Curt Roush

History of Harmac

-Founded in 1983, Harmac Transportation started their operations largely supported by Shell Canada.

-In 1998 Atlantic Corporation purchased Harmac Transportation, adding it to Atlantic’s many holdings which include Seaboard Transportation.

-Atlantic Corporation is privately held company owned by the Shannon family.

-Between Harmac and Seaboard the company owns 375 tractors and 350 tankers (Harmac).

-The company is comprised of two divisions which include chemical and petroleum transportation
-Clients include Shell, IOL, Rhodia and Ashland, most of which tend to be Responsible Care companies.

-Satellite tracking; winner of the NTTC Grand Safety Aware for mileage class during the last four years.

-Only road carrier in Canada who is part of Responsible Care – working currently on reverification

-Striving to become a better company within the area of environmental stewardship
-Goals to become leaders in the industry in Canada with respect to chemical transportation

Risk Assessment and Emergency Preparedness

Movement Exposure Rating – Assess the hazard of the transportation itself (mode, frequency, distance, road and weather condition, timing, etc.)

Chemical Hazard Ranking – Assess the hazard of the material from a WHMIS perspective.

Quantative Risk Assessment

-Evaluating a range of potential incidents and the consequences to the local community.

-Requires a scientific basis such as Dow Chemical Exposure Index, Dow Fire & Explosion Index, etc.

-Defines worst imaginable case and worst credible case (on site and on road)

Challenges for a Road Carrier

-Route Risk Assessment provides a qualitative vs. quantitative assessment.

-Route risk to reduce possibility from a high to a low risk which demonstrate opportunities to mitigate risk.

-Support with driver checklists

-Intense driver training program

-In cab evaluations and driver audits

-Quarterly safety meetings

-Preventative equipment maintenance program

-Site & highway emergency response plans

-Thorough incident investigations with corrective/preventative programs -Updated (2002) driver handbook and manuals -Drug & alcohol comprehensive driver testing (CVSA – Commercial Vehicle Safety

Awareness) -Future regulations may encourage healthy lifestyle and longer rest periods -No fatalities or injuries to date despite the occasional incident.

Emergency Preparedness

-Established relationship with emergency responders -Explore potential indicidents – what if? -Develop and improve emergency plans -Test emergency plans – need to know the plan works. -Community dialogue through Trans CAER -Member of the North Toronto CAER