The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new set of rules and hazardous materials regulations governing pipeline operations across the nation. There are two such pipelines, Magellan and Explorer, in the bi-county Local Emergency Planning District (LEPD).
The announcement came during the LEPD's September meeting. Barry County Emergency Management Director David Compton said the newly issued changes would be reviewed at the October meeting of the organization.
In other news, Compton said he had located an individual who might be able to host the 40-hour Hazwoper (hazardous waste operations and emergency response) class in the area. Compton is looking to get a 40-hour course taught locally so that area public works employees and industry hazardous materials technicians may update or obtain their certifications. More information on that class will be forthcoming as arrangements are finalized.
Some local industries are planning to host emergency scenarios for training purposes in the coming weeks. The exercises are geared toward training industry employees on the proper protocols in contacting and working alongside emergency responders in the event of an on-site incident.
In local issues, Compton reported one meth lab had been recovered and the components turned over to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for disposal during the month of August.
A chicken spill was recently reported on Highway 60 near Miracle/Playpower in Monett. Responders cleaning up the spill washed some of the waste onto the employee parking lot and the resulting foul odor was a cause for concern.
Compton told representatives from the business they should not hesitate to call the concern in to the LEPD's spill line at 235-3335 for remediation.
Efforts are still underway to determine how to best increase mandatory attendance at the LEPD meetings. Notices will be sent to area entities who should have representation at the meetings reminding them of the federally mandated requirements for attendance. The LEPD is also researching teleconferencing capabilities for those who do not wish to travel.