Gobierno de Puerto Rico Oficina del Gobernador Junta de Calidad Ambiental • State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Lcdo. Pedro J. Nieves Miranda Presidente Junta de Calidad Ambiental
SERC / Legal Base • Required by the Federal Law SARA / EPCRA (Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act & Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) • Created by State Law Ley sobre Política Pública Ambiental (as ammended) Ley Núm. 416 del 22 de septiembre de 2004
Responsibilities • Oversee the implementation of EPCRA requirements; • Establishing procedures for receiving and processing public requests for information collected under EPCRA; • Reviewing local emergency response plans; • Designating local emergency planning districts; • Appointing a Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) for each district; and • Supervising the activities of the LEPC.
COMISION MEMBERS • Chairman of the Environmental Quality Board, who is appointed President; the President of the Public Service Commission; the President of the University of Puerto Rico; • The Secretary of Department of Health; the Department of Justice; the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental; the Department of Labor; • The Director of State Emergency Management Agency; the Police Department Superintendent; the Fire Department Chief; • Seven (7) LEPCs Committee Presidents; and; • Five (5) Public Representative Members.
Activities in Progress Regional Emergency Response Planning Activation Local Emergency Response Plans to be revised by Dec 2011 Use CAMEO and other software technologies for planning Hazardous Materials Response Resources Inventory Inventory by Municipalities Inventory of Hazardous Materials Update Location of all Hazardous Materials using Tier I and Tier II Information Establish Alliances with Government, Academia e Industries Training and Exercises Respond to Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Incidents
WORKING ALLIANCESSERC AND LEPC Doing More With Less
Gobierno de Puerto Rico Oficina del Gobernador Junta de Calidad Ambiental • Emergency • Response • Activities A Summary January – September 2011
Regional Office ………..………………..……. 91 • Arecibo, Humacao, Guayama, Ponce and Mayagüez Regions • Central Office ……………………….…….…… 64 • San Juan and Carolina Regions • Total ……………………………………………… 155 Emergency Response Per RegionsJanuary to September 2011
Transportation Related ….. • Fuel cargo trucks, fuel pipe lines, traffic accidents, …. • High Visibility and Media Attention …… • Unknown white dusts, unknown and abandoned drums, fish kills, balloon crash landing, …. • Institutional and Industrial Related Incidents • Air nuisance odors, abandoned waste drums, illegal paint auto shops, inappropriate use of pesticides, overgrowth foliage fires, illegal use of containers to store fuel diesel …. Emergency Response Per CategoryJanuary to September 2011
Emergency ResponseDNRE Pump Storm Water Station, San Juan, Puerto RicoJanuary 18, 2011 DNRE’s Storm water pump station wet well full of jet fuel. Storm water was discharge to a nearby creek and to San Juan Bay. • Impacted creek near pump station.
Emergency ResponseDNRE Pump Storm Water Station, San Juan, Puerto RicoJanuary 18, 2011 View of the repaired Puerto Rico Pipeline • Repairing Jet fuel Pipeline
Emergency ResponseAbandoned Drums Full of Waste Motor Oil & Used Oil Filters, Guayama, Puerto RicoAugust 9, 2011 Abandoned Drums Full of Waste Motor Oil & Used Oil Filters • Unknown Responsible Party
Emergency ResponsePR telephone Company, Cayey, Puerto RicoApril 26, 2011 A fuel feeding cooper line for the emergency power generator was stolen. The diesel oil was spilled until the tank was empty. The fuel diesel oil gained access to the nearby Santo Domingo creek.
Emergency ResponsePR telephone Company, Cayey, Puerto RicoApril 26, 2011 Diesel Fuel Clean-up Activities at Santo Domingo Creek
Emergency ResponseAerostat, Lajas, Puerto RicoAugust 16, 2011 The Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) loose from its mooring mobile system and flew out of the installations, falling later in a private farm land. • Mooring vehicle after dragged from the original position by the aerostat.
Emergency ResponseAerostat, Lajas, Puerto RicoAugust 16, 2011 Fragments of the aerostat at a private farm. The Aerostat had an alternate power generator (AC) to maintain the electronic system operating with a 100 gallons diesel tank. About 80 gallons of diesel was spilled on the ground. Area where the diesel fuel spill occurred.
Emergency ResponseFloods, Caguas, Puerto RicoSeptember 16, 2011 • Oil and grease drums were submerged and oil escape from these drums. Creative Medical Corp. Catastro 249-000-010-17 32,241.87 mts. 2 An oil spill contractor conducted a full cleanup action at the site.
Emergency ResponseFloods, Caguas, Puerto RicoSeptember 16, 2011 Creative Medical Corp. Catastro 249-000-010-17 32,241.87 mts. 2 Flood water cover an entire Heavy equipment parking lot and Maintenance area.
Emergency ResponseCreative Medical Corp., Cidra, Puerto RicoOctober 10, 2011 Abandoned drums with hazardous waste products and expired chemicals Abandoned drums with hazardous waste products and combustible waste
Emergency ResponseCreative Medical Corp., Cidra, Puerto RicoOctober 10, 2011 Abandoned Hazardous waste labeled drums Engorged drum with hazardous waste products
Emergency ResponseCreative Medical Corp., Cidra, Puerto RicoOctober 10, 2011 N CAGUAS Carretera PR-172 Creative Medical Corp. Catastro 249-000-010-17 32,241.87 mts. 2 Lago de Cidra CIDRA
Emergency ResponseCapitol Building, San Juan, Puerto Rico 2011 There were three (3) white powder treats this year. The Capitol Building Incident, the San Juan Museum Incident and the Rio Piedras Post Office Incidents. All three (3) were identified as a non-threat white powder; however, all 3 required the same intensive response. A suspicious letter arrived, signed by the new Machetero Leader, with a white powder and opened. A full response action was displayed by all emergencies agencies.
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