This report summarized the results from the project “The Survey on the Environmental Distribution of Toxic Chemicalsand Managementin Tainan City in 2011”. The report has proposed action plans for toxic substances and environmental pesticides control substance management to achieve “zero” incident target for the toxic operating facilities and to protect the safety of the citizen of Tainan City.
The project has completed the following work according to the contract:
1. To gain information on the operating and release of persistent and toxic chemicals in Tainan City:
Data were collected from the Toxic Chemical Substance Permit Management System for all the toxic operating facilities in Tainan City. Extractive Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) analysis were performed for 10 operating facilities to collect information on the distribution of toxic chemicals in the environment.
2. Assisting the review of management and response preparedness in toxic operating facilities:
Twenty toxic operating facilities were surveyed for their preparednessmanagement and response preparedness. All required improvements were reported to Tainan City Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) for subsequent follow-up. All required improvements were completed by the facilities.
3. Assisting review for applied document on the permit of operating toxic chemical substance:
Reviews were completed for 19 permits, 80 registration document, 607 approval document, and 227 Class 4 document, a total of 933 documents or permits reviewed. In addition, 181 Hazard Prevention and Response Plans, 34 Transportation Hazard Prevention and Response Plans, and 12 Response, Monitoring and AlarmEquipment Plans were reviewed, a total of 277 plans.
4. Assisting site review of code compliance in toxic operating facilities:
1. A total of 206 site reviews of code compliance in toxic operating facilities were completed. 15 non-compliance issues were found. All site review results, a total of 854 results, were entered into Environmental Enforcement Management System (EEMS) within 10 days of the review.
2. Ten sites were checked for their monitoring and alarm system, including the type and maker of the detector, number and distribution of the detector, etc. All problematic sites were rechecked and passed.
5. Setting up the disaster prevention and response system in Tainan City, assisting annual drill of toxic chemical incident response, perform un-noticed test in toxic operating facilities, and perform communication test for parallel organizations in relevant disaster response:
1. The disaster prevention and response plan in Tainan City were reviewed and revised to better reflect current response procedure. The revision was provided to EPB for reference.
2. Held annual drill of toxic chemical incident response. Work done included drafting scenario, providing equipment, site preparation of the drill, and video of the drill. All the information were collected and 100 Compact Disk (CD) were provided to Tainan City EPB.
3. Un-noticed tests in toxic operating facilities were performed, including 12 on-scene tests, 48 fax or telephone tests.
4.Communication test for parallel organizations in relevant disaster response in Tainan City were perform twice.
5. All information from the drills in the joint response team of toxic operating facilities were collected and combined into one hardcopy and stored in CD. Three copied were provided.
6. Assisting Tainan City EPB in the response and environmental monitoring of toxic chemical incidents, maintaining response equipment for Tainan City EPB:
1. A mobile phone with 3.5G wireless internet card were provided to Tainan EPB. The phone has built in a text message group and phone number of all joint response teams of toxic operating facilities.
2, Assisted Tainan City EPB in the response and environmental monitoring of 6 toxic chemical incidents. The monitoring results were provided to Tainan City EPB.
3. Response equipment of Tainan City EPB were checked and maintained quarterly. The results were reported within 5 days of the check.
4. Completed gas-tight test of class A suite and hydraulic pressure test of air tank. The results were reported to Tainan City EPB.
7. Reviewing the severity of the toxic disaster in Tainan City, providing risk mitigation and management strategy:
1. All toxic operating facilities and transportation routes in Tainan City were identified and plotted in Geographic Information System.
2. The joint response teams of toxic operating facilities were re-organized into 5 teams, 101 facilities, according to their geographic location.
3. The past incidents in Tainan City were analyzed. Statistics were done for their causes, location, and type of incident.
8. Educational training, technology transfer, and code promotion
1. Two trainings were held for the joint response teams of toxic operating facilities, including the reorganization of the team, toxic response equipment selection and usage, chemical hazardous characteristics and identification, leak patching for pipeline, tank and cylinder.
2. Four trainings on the code promotion for Toxic Chemical Substance Act were held, aiming at the operation of the permit system and revision of the act.
3. Two trainings on the code promotion for Environmental Agent Control Act were held. All, environmental agent control manufacturers, distributors, and users were participated.
4. An education and technology transfer course was held, including incident response, selection of monitoring equipment, and case studies of past incidents.
9. Results promotion for toxic chemical substance management in Tainan City:
1. 1200 copies of folder of summaries on the Toxic Chemical Substance Act, and 800 copies of folder of toxic incident reporting organization in the Tainan City were printed.
2. 58 hazard prevention and response plans for class 3 toxic chemical operating facilities were collected and uploaded to the webpage of Tainan City EPB for the right-to-know of the public.