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Pollution Notification

In accordance with Section 5.7A of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, Orica Kooragang Island has in place a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP).

The PIRMP outlines the processes to prevent and minimise the risk of pollution incidents and ensure comprehensive and timely information is provided to relevant authorities and stakeholders.

In the event of a pollution incident, as defined by Section 5.7 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, Orica Kooragang Island will implement the PIRMP.

The following information shall be recorded where possible and provided to those agencies and stakeholders requiring notification:

  • The time, date, nature, duration and location of the pollution incident;
  • The location of the place where hazard/pollution is occurring or is likely to occur;
  • The nature, the estimated quantity or volume and the concentration of any hazards/pollutants involved;
  • The circumstances in which the pollution incident occurred (including the cause of the incident, if known); and
  • The action taken or proposed to be taken to deal with the pollution incident and any resulting risks/pollution or threatened risks/pollution.

000 will be contacted if the incident presents an immediate threat to human health or property.

Emergency services (Fire & Rescue NSW, the police and NSW Ambulance Service) are the first responders responsible for controlling and containing incidents.

If the incident does not require emergency services (or once 000 has been called) the following authorities will be contacted in the listed order:

  1. EPA (131 555)
  2. Hunter New England Local Health District (02 4921 3000)
  3. WorkCover (13 10 50)
  4. Newcastle City Council (02 4974 2000 Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm or  02 4974 1399 after hours)
  5. Fire and Rescue NSW (000) if not already called

Following the above reporting, communication with potentially affected groups shall occur as soon as practicable. 

  • Potentially affected community groups shall be determined based on the nature/scale of the pollution incident and the current weather conditions.
  • Community members (this includes owners/occupiers of industrial, commercial and residential properties) will be contacted via door knocks or letter box drops.
  • People under the care of others (school children, aged and health care residents) will be contacted via phone calls, door knocks or letter box drops.
  • Adjacent industry will be contacted via the site emergency radio network, phone calls, door knocks or letter box drops.

Community notifications will include where possible:

  • a brief statement on the nature and timing of the pollution incident
  • the party/parties responsible for responding (eg Emergency Services or EPA)
  • the action (if any) required by the recipient of the notification
  • contact details for seeking further information.

NOTE: if the pollution incident presents an immediate threat to human health or property then public notifications will be made by Emergency Services.

An initial notification may be followed by an update (to the original recipients, or a smaller or larger group as deemed relevant) in the event that Orica:

  • is instructed by the authorities to do so
  • determines that a new or different response is required by relevant authorities and other stakeholders in response to the pollution incident
  • decides to provide an update on the status of the investigation.

Interested stakeholders, as appropriate for the nature/scale of the pollution incident, such as:

  • Kooragang Island Community Reference Group via email, phone call or the calling of a meeting to discuss the incident.
  • Notification may also be provided to the wider community, by way of media releases and/or posting of media releases.