SUMMARY OF FEBRUARY 17, 2004 DSM CAP MEETING
The Community Advisory Panel working with DSM met on February 17, 2004. Present at the meeting were Bud Allen, Judy Chamberlain, Andy Mark, Gary Meddaugh, Doug Smyth, Joe Venesky, Stan Wilkins, and Dr. Zollinger. Jim Brandl was present from DSM. The meeting was facilitated by Steve Ross.
The meeting began at 7:00 p.m. The Panel approved the January meeting summary.
Steve Ross reviewed the program for the February 26 CAPFest event sponsored by the Chemistry Council of New Jersey, which will feature a panel discussion on chemical plant security, a topic of interest to the DSM CAP. Steve noted that CAPs and sponsoring companies from around the state typically attend the event, and in some cases have displays and exhibits illustrating their activities. Jim Brandl suggested that the DSM CAP may want to have its own display, utilizing materials developed for last yearís open house. The CAP agreed and Steve was asked to work with DSM and CCNJ to arrange for an appropriate display table for the event.
Jim Brandl reported significant progress in addressing the noise issues raised by Mr. and Mrs. Gould at the CAPís January meeting. Based on the results of a study of noise sources, new noise control measures have been implemented at the scrubber and improvements to the rusted mufflers are also being developed. The noise related to the cogeneration plant will be more challenging to resolve, and further study of noise abatement options there is now underway. Jim said DSM would keep in touch with the Goulds while studying this matter and will update them every two weeks.
Topics for CAP Focus in 2004
As a starting point for group discussion, Steve Ross suggested seven different new areas of focus for CAP advice, input and recommendations this year. These were:
Other Topics for CAP Focus
Air Monitoring: Bud Allen suggested that the CAP identify local schools, colleges and other researchers whose work would benefit from access to the mercury monitoring data being collected by the Warren County Air Monitoring Program. Bud also suggested that, with a full year of air monitoring data now available, the CAP should receive a briefing on what the results have been and how those results will be used.
Joe Venesky asked whether the monitoring data showed anything
relevant to DSMís operations. Jim Brandl said that chloroform, a raw material used by DSM
which has a very low health benchmark, had been detected several times at
levels above that benchmark. The company has hired an independent laboratory in
Doug Smyth asked if
there are non-DSM sources of chloroform and Stan Wilkins noted that the
Steve Ross suggested that a presentation on chloroform be scheduled for the CAPís March or April meeting, when more analytical information will be available from the new laboratory.
After some further discussion, the CAP agreed that this presentation should be the first item on the March agenda, that an hour should be set aside for that discussion and that guests should be invited from local school districts and school bus operators. Dr. Zollinger and Andy Mark will talk with school bus operators, Andy will invite the County School Superintendent, Gary Meddaugh will invite the White Twp. Board of Education and Doug Smyth will talk with the Belvidere Board of Education and the County and Belvidere Environmental Commissions.
Right to Know Reports: Jim Brandl added several additional topics that the CAP should focus on in the coming months. These relate to the right-to-know reports that DSM will be filing in March (known as SARA Title III) on the use and disposal of hazardous materials, the hazardous waste report it will be filing with NJDEP in April and the Toxic Release Inventory report it will be filing with USEPA in July.
DSM Environmental Scorecard
Jim Brandl reported that January was the first month for which the facility had no DEP hotline incidents to report. A DSM Safety and Environmental Guidelines team will be conducting an audit of the facility in March and he will report back to the CAP on the results in April.
CAP Membership Review
Steve Ross welcomed Doug Smyth back as a CAP member. He also noted that the Warren County Department of Public Safety had not been represented at CAP meetings for several months. Gary Meddaugh suggested DPS be notified when an agenda item relevant to their interests is scheduled for discussion. Dr. Zollinger noted that the forthcoming discussions on the right to know reports should be in that category.
The meeting concluded at 8:50 p.m.