The content of this year's work included continued 24-hour implementation of professional consulting services and accident notification duties at the consulting and monitoring centers, routine and emergency services of the central toxic chemical accident response center, organization and support of nationwide industry joint prevention organizations, assisting participation in POPs and other conferences, issuance of environmental accident text messages and e-bulletins, implementation of regular training for response personnel, and updating of accident prevention and relief information. Furthermore, in response to the "Phase 2 Program for Strengthening Toxic Chemical Substance Safety Management and Accident Response," we also conducted international interchange conferences, toxic chemical substance handling site visits, the establishment of consulting and monitoring center and response team management handbooks and control systems, and drafting and implementation of hazard prevention and response plans for high-risk toxic chemical substances. This plan had the following implementation results:
1. Boosting response consulting and monitoring capabilities
We performed 72 environmental accident monitoring notifications; held 12 response team work conferences and response videoconferences, which resulted in 50 conclusions; updated 424 basic information files for "toxic chemical accident central accident response center" personnel; a total of 365 telephone line and fax communication tests were carried out; implemented 357 telephone and fax connection tests; monitored 215 environmental protection news items in the media (and produced 180 media news notices); and notified relevant EPA service offices of environmental accidents 258 times. Furthermore, we performed autonomous equipment testing for the emergency communications system (satellite and microwave) funded by the National Disasters Prevention and Protection Commission, Executive Yuan, and completed quarterly satellite link testing using the three regional response teams' satellite communications command vehicles.
2. Professional chemical consulting services and accident analysis
We completed revision of this year's "Toxic Chemical Accident Response Consulting Center Standard Operating Procedures," and performed 1,033 media monitoring cases (including 340 domestic and 693 foreign monitoring cases) and 627 general consulting cases; total service cases numbered 1,660 (which exceeded the contract requirement of 750 cases). We further performed 72 emergency consulting cases, and provided 365 recommendations to on-site disaster relief units; the rate of attainment of a first text message within 30 minutes was 96% (the contract requirement was 88%). We performed analysis of the infrastructure and operaction of the United States' newly-deployed new-generation integrated response centers, conducted supplementary anti-terror analysis of ports, implemented preliminary analysis of air conditioner or ventilation device activation mechanisms in the event of a toxic chemical attack or accident at an underground High Speed Rail station, and performed planning for a future domestic toxic chemical accident training site. We helped hold the "Class 1 and 2 Toxic Chemical Substance Handling Liability Insurance Discussion Meeting," and drafted reference guidelines for transport hazard prevention and emergency response plans.
3. Promotion of international conferences, training, and assessment of toxic chemical accident joint prevention and operations
We conducted three sessions of regular and advanced training for domestic disaster prevention and relief units; 175 persons took part in this training. We also conducted an international conference on toxic chemical accident prevention and response attended by 273 persons. The 2010 National Symposium on Toxic Chemical Substance Emergency Response was held on Nov. 25. A total of 318 people attended the symposium. A combined conference for toxic chemical accident joint prevention organizations and the Industrial Development Bureau's regional joint prevention organizations; three no-early-warning testing and review reports for toxic chemical accident joint prevention organizations (for allyl alcohol, vinyl chloride, and chlorine gas); explanatory meetings for our assistance work; document review tasks; and 35 on-site assistance operations.
4. Analysis of toxic chemical substance accident cause and response actions, implementation of quantitative QA and QC audits
We analyzed 26 cases in which response teams were dispatched, and held six expert review conferences concerning response procedures in accident cases; 149 persons took part in these conferences. We held a response team equipment management handbook coordination and management conference on July 26, and completed a statistical framework for the management of response system resources and developed preliminary functions on the basis of the conference's planning and discussion results. We completed on-site audits of seven response teams involving 133 persons, and performed 20 quantitative analysis audits of on-site response monitoring, which included numerical analysis of 2,291 monitoring data items. We provided improvement recommendations for 17 points, conducted an overseas environmental response training and resource dispatching facility inspection trip, and submitted a report concerning insights gained from this trip.
5. Analysis of high-risk toxic chemical substance accidents, promotion and implementation of toxic chemical substance hazard prevention and response plans
We held an expert review conference on high-risk toxic chemical substance screening principles and subsequent risk assessment methods; completed screening of ten high-risk toxic chemical substances and incorporated potential chronic hazard reflecting carcinogenicity; performed accident analysis guidelines for ten high-risk toxic chemical substances; completed reference guidelines for transport hazard prevention and response plans; created a web site for the "Environmental Toxic Chemical Accident Response Decision-making System"; completed six sessions of a hazard prevention and response plan review training class attended by a total of 160 persons; completed assistance guidelines for Class 1-3 "Accident Model Analysis and Control Distance"; held three explanatory meetings for the "Environmental Toxic Chemical Accident Response Decision-making System" project; conducted seven explanatory meetings attended by 1,239 persons concerning the writing of transport hazard prevention and response plans; performed ten plant inspections and data reviews for existing hazard prevention and response plans; held seven joint prevention-related conferences attended by 373 persons and issuing 1,323 items of joint prevention work circle awareness literature; completed six on-site joint prevention work circle exercises involving 209 participants; and held one toxic chemical substance management operation review conference attended by 104 persons.
6. System assurance and maintenance of information security
We performed assurance and testing tasks for four subsystems each day (1,460 times annually), and conduct two information security checks each month. In addition, in response to the service expansion needs, we have added "foreign accident notification," "general consulting service satisfaction survey," "online activity sign-up," and "Executive Yuan notices" items to the "toxic chemical accident prevention and relief query system" web site. We have issued a report on user rights and log-in statistics for the "toxic chemical accident prevention and relief query system" web site. Finally, we performed toxic chemical accident system migration and server virtualization work to accommodate future organizational changes and the EPA's energy conservation and CO2 reduction policies.