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Pollution incident response management plan

Recycling depot

The City’s road materials Recycling Depot is located at:

Burrows Road Recycling Depot
25-29 Burrows Road
St Peters NSW 2044
02 8512 424002 8512 4244

It is an environmental management initiative of the Council operating under the EPA licence no. 5923. The Depot receives, processes, stockpiles and sells:

  • Concrete
  • Asphalt
  • Metal
  • Bricks, pavers and stone.

The site is leased from NSW Road and Maritime Services (RMS). It is a facility for road materials crushing and stockpiling, and contains a site office, pre fabricated portable buildings and a weighbridge.

Raw materials are gained from Council sites and private building and development sites. An operating licence with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority defines and limits the type of materials accepted.

Aim

The aim of the Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP) is to provide information to the public and staff regarding the operational guidelines and procedures to be used in the event of a pollution incident at the Recycling Depot.

The Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011 has introduced changes to improve the way pollution incidents are reported and managed. All EPA licence holders  are required to prepare a PIRMP.

A pollution incident is required to be notified immediately if there is a risk of ‘material harm to the environment’, which is defined in section 147 of the POEO Act:

1. Harm to the environment is material if:

  • It involves actual or potential harm to the health or safety of human beings or to ecosystems that is not trivial
  • It results in actual or potential loss or property damage of an amount, or amounts in aggregate, exceeding $10,000 (or such other amount as is prescribed by the regulations)

2.  Loss includes the reasonable costs and expenses that would be incurred in taking all reasonable and practicable measures to prevent, mitigate or make good harm to the environment.

Objectives

The Objectives of the plan are:

  • To control or limit any effect that an emergency or potential emergency may have on or off site
  • To facilitate emergency response and to provide such assistance on the site as is appropriate to the situation
  • To ensure that all vital information is communicated to relevant internal and external agencies as soon as possible
  • To facilitate the reorganisation and recovery operations so that normal operations can be resumed
  • To provide relevant PIRMP training for staff so that a high level of emergency preparedness can be continually maintained
  • To provide a basis for the revision of PIRMP plan and procedures
  • To ensure no material harm to humans or the environment occurs and provide the safe evacuation of staff and neighbours in the event of an emergency.

The purpose of the PIRMP is to improve the management of pollution incidents and facilitate better coordination with the relevant response agencies. This plan is available in written form at the Recycling Depot.

Pre-emptive actions to be taken

The Plan has included detailed descriptions of the pre-emptive actions to be taken to minimise or prevent any risk of harm to human health or the environment arising from the activities undertaken at the premises. Procedures for containment of incidents are also included in PIRMP

Safety equipment and other devices that are used to minimise the risks to human health or the environment and to contain or control a pollution incident are listed in this Plan.

Communicating with neighbours and the local community

Communicating with neighbours and the local community is an important element in managing the response to any incident. This Plan has included details of the mechanisms that will be used for providing early warnings and regular updates to the owners and occupiers of premises who may be affected by an incident occurring on the premises.

Communication mechanisms for incident notifications will be through the use of telephone calls. Letterbox drops and/or doorknocking of affected community members, will be organised if appropriate and necessary to the circumstances.

Contact list and details of neighbouring properties are included in the PIRMP.

The types of pollution incidents that are likely to occur have been identified and the method of contacting immediate neighbours through early warning systems has been prepared. And included in PIRMP and is located at the depot premises.

Actions to be undertaken during or immediately after a pollution incident

This Plan has included detailed descriptions of the actions that will be taken by the site immediately after a pollution incident to reduce or control any pollution. These include early warnings, updates and actions to be taken during and after an incident.

Making Plans Available

A copy of the Plan is maintained at the Recycling Depot. The plan is located at the depot office in a folder which is prominently labelled.

It is readily available to all those responsible for its implementation and it is also available to any authorised officer on request.

Copies of the Plans are also available, without charge, to any person who makes a written request.

Testing the Plan

The Plan will be reviewed and tested annually to ensure that the information is accurate and up to date, and is capable of being implemented in a workable and effective manner.

Implementing the Plan

If a pollution incident occurs in the course of an activity at the Recycling Depot premises so that material harm to the environment (within the meaning of section 147) is caused or threatened, the person carrying out the activity will immediately implement any pollution incident management response that has been developed/described in the Plan to meet the requirements of the POEO Act.

Where the pollution incident causes or threatens material harm to the environment or human health, the relevant authorities must be notified ‘immediately’.

‘Immediately’ simply means promptly and without delay. The amount of time that this actually takes is likely to change depending on the circumstances of the incident.

A listing of the relevant authorities to be notified follows

If there is an immediate threat to human health or property:

1. Fire and Rescue NSW
Tel: 000

2. EPA Environment Line
Tel: 131 555

3. The Ministry of Health via the local Public Health Unit
Eastern Zone (Camperdown Office)
PO Box 374, Camperdown 2050
Tel: 9515 9420
Fax: 02 9515 9440
Fax: 02 9515 9467 (s)
After Hours Contact
Tel: 02 9515 6111
(Royal Prince Alfred Hospital) - ask Public Health Officer on call

4. WorkCover Authority
Tel: 13 10 50

5. City of Sydney Council
Tel: 02 9265 9333

If there is no immediate threat to human health or property

1. City of Sydney Council
Tel: 02 9265 9333

2. EPA Environment Line
Tel: 131 555

3. The Ministry of Health via the local Public Health Unit
Eastern Zone (Camperdown Office)
PO Box 374, Camperdown 2050
Tel: 9515 9420
Fax: 02 9515 9440
Fax: 02 9515 9467 (s)
After Hours Contact
Tel: 02 9515 6111
(Royal Prince Alfred Hospital) - ask Public Health Officer on call

4. WorkCover Authority
Tel: 13 10 50

5. Fire and Rescue NSW
Tel: 000

Last updated: Thursday, 2 May 2013