SUMMARY OF 2/27/01 ROCHE VITAMINS CAP MEETING
The second business meeting of the revitalized Roche Vitamins Community Advisory Panel convened at 7:00 p.m. on February 27, 2001. Ten members of the CAP were present: Rob Aptaker, Jane Bullis, Judy Chamberlain, Betty Merring, Claude Mitchell, John Negri, Dorothy Phillips, Roy Uhlman, Eric Van Horn and Gary Wassel. Present from Roche Vitamins were Duane Campbell and Jim Brandl. The meeting was facilitated by Steve Ross of Holt & Ross, Inc.
Absentee CAP Members
The meeting began with a report on the status of the members not in attendance. Frank Nugent has resigned due to a change in his schedule while Peter Grogan, Tony Amato, Dave Pritchard and Gary Meddaugh all had conflicts with other meetings, many of which would recur based on the CAP meeting schedule adopted in January. Therefore, the CAP agreed to change its meeting schedule to the third Tuesday of each month. The CAP also agreed to explore recruitment of additional White Township representatives, as requested by Dave Pritchard.
Status of RVI Pollution Prevention and Control Program
Duane Campbell updated the CAP on the status of Rocheís pollution prevention and control program. Noting that Roche had overestimated the magnitude of its chloroform releases somewhat in its previous reports to the community and the CAP, he reported that the facilityís fermentation process conversion began on February 18, with the goal of significantly reducing methanol releases. Mr. Campbell said pilot testing has demonstrated that once the process conversion was complete, by the end of March 2001, methanol emissions would be reduced by 85%, from about 300 tons per year to 50 tons per year. This was the emissions reduction expected from the yet-to-be installed scrubber that was initially identified as the means for achieving an 85% reduction in methanol releases by the end of September 2001. Therefore, Roche was discussing with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) whether installation of a scrubber would still be required if a reduction of that magnitude was achieved through pollution prevention alone. In the meantime, Roche was still planning to install a scrubber, as reported to the CAP on January 30.
The slides presenting RVIís update report are attached to this Meeting Summary.
CAP Administrative Matters
Turning to CAP-related matters, the panel approved the draft summary of the revitalized CAPís first meeting, on January 30, 2001, which is now available for public distribution.
The panel also approved its draft charter and bylaws, with the proviso that they may be revisited in future should the CAP wish. After brief discussion, the CAP unanimously selected Doug Smyth as its chairman.
The CAP agreed that a tour of the RVI facility would be very helpful, especially if it focused on those aspects of the facility that are of greatest community interest and concern and most relevant to the issues on which the CAP will be focusing in future.
Issues for Future CAP Focus
The CAP then discussed the issues and priorities that should be its focus in the coming months. The panel assigned the highest priority to the following four issues:
In addition to these issues, which the CAP agreed needed to be addressed as quickly as possible, the panel also identified the following additional issues of concerns to address:
With respect to the issue of improved communication, the CAP agreed that the panel should issue a news release after each meeting reporting to the community on what transpired. The CAP will also consider such other communications vehicles as a website (including links to other relevant websites, such as those maintained by Warren County and Belvidere), a community newsletter, community meetings, and CAP representation at appropriate community events. Roche noted that it planned on holding a community meeting following the issuance of an approved Consent Agreement.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m. The next meeting will be on March 20, 2001.
Action items for the future were as follows: