April 2012

Message from the Executive Director

 

When is it not busy for NCIA? It has been another couple of productive months for us.

Our focus in March was working with the multi-stakeholder group to complete the Capital Region Air Quality Management Framework for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5), and Ozone (O3).

NCIA has also been busily completing the Regional Noise Model Project which is getting close to being launched. While the plan is pending final sign-off by the ERCB, we have begun rolling out the Regional Noise Model publicly to local community advisory panels in Alberta's Industrial Heartland that includes a sneak peak on an interactive Google Earth tool that will be made available to the public. Presentations to local community advisory panels have and will include:

 Some of our member companies have also gone through some recent names changes summarized here:

Cheers,

Laurie

 

NCIA getting ready to launch initiative in collaboration with the ERCB for managing industrial noise

 

Pending final approval by the ERCB (expected for June 2012), the Northeast Capital Industrial Association (NCIA) will be launching a Regional Noise Management Plan (RNMP) developed in collaboration with the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) over the past five years.

The plan will provide a regional approach for managing noise from industrial activity. The RNMP is the first initiative of its kind in North America in applying industry best practices for noise management.

The RNMP will require ERCB regulated NCIA member companies to participate in this initiative, and report to NCIA annually to ensure regional compliance. Non-regulated NCIA members can participate on a voluntary basis.  The plan contains six core areas that NCIA members will be expected to implement, which include preparing:

Stay tuned for the official announcement of when NCIA’s RNMP takes into effect!

 

It Takes a Community to Complete a Turnaround

The capital investment and maintenance turnaround underway at Dow has received tremendous support from the City of Fort Saskatchewan, our industrial neighbours and community partners. 

The impact of 1,500 contractors commuting through the main artery of Highway 15 to the Dow site does not go unnoticed and cannot be done without some planning and coordination. Discussions with the City of Fort Saskatchewan’s Department of Public Works began in the summer of 2011.  The results included: adding signage to major roadways to provide awareness about cyclists; reducing speed limits along 119 Street (and back to 125 Street); and supporting our request for adjusting the traffic light sequencing to alleviate congestion.

Dow’s closest industrial neighbours met with them to review their pinch points for traffic to see how this could affect their operations from a delivery and distribution perspective, not to mention the impact to their employees. Conversations with Canadian National (CN) Railway were also initiated to ensure CN understood the importance of keeping Dow rail crossings clear during shift changes.

Dow hosted law enforcement representatives from the RCMP and Sherriff’s Department and shared its traffic management plan to get their insight as to how to best promote good driving behaviours on community roadways.  With everyone working together to mitigate traffic congestion and line ups on Hwy 15, Dow is ensuring a safe commute for its employees, contractors, neighbours and residents. 

The City of Fort Saskatchewan’s Chamber of Commerce went above and beyond. The Chamber embraced Dow’s idea of a “Welcome Package” for its contractors and worked with their businesses to deliver an awesome collection of coupons and discounts for its visiting workforce.  With over 3 million dollars estimated to be put directly into the goods and services provided in the local community, it was important to engage the Chamber to promote the economic benefits.

From a strategic perspective, Dow wants this labour force to see firsthand what a wonderful community Fort Saskatchewan is to live, work and raise a family. After all, Dow and other industry companies are all working to retain a skilled workforce for supporting the growth and sustainability of the local industry.

Lastly, Dow has engaged local media (Fort Record and Fort Radio) to keep the community informed about its flaring and traffic.  It has created a virtual open house web site to increase accessibility to information on its turnaround. Dow will be routinely updating the NRCAER UPDATE Line to ensure residents know it is keeping an eye of site activities.

“We appreciate the support from AIHA, NCIA and the City of Fort Saskatchewan in sharing our news about the Turnaround in their newsletters and websites with our industry neighbours and interested parties. By outlining our plans, some companies made decisions regarding their own turnarounds and construction activities to avoid conflicts in timing,” stated Joe Deustcher, Site Director Alberta Operations. “We recognize having a Turnaround is a disruption to the routines of everyone around us. To be successful it truly does take a holistic approach with the entire community – and we appreciate the support.”

 

To learn more about Dow Canada’s Fort Saskatchewan Turnaround, please visit their Virtual Open House at www.dow.com/canada.

 

New outdoor training centre to strengthen local emergency responders’ skills

Emergency responders in Alberta’s industrial heartland will soon have access to a new local training facility thanks in part to a $350,000 donation from Shell Canada. The area’s first Skills Maintenance Outdoor Training Centre will be built next to Heartland Hall in Strathcona County.

 “When every second counts, this new outdoor facility provides a place where emergency responders from the County, including industrial partners, can practice their life-saving skills,” said Strathcona County Mayor Linda Osinchuk. “Continuous training of emergency service personnel is critical to safe, effective, efficient response to emergency situations.”

Photo: Shell’s Barry Klein (middle) presents the first of two cheques for $175,000 to Strathcona County’s Mayor Linda Osinchuk and Fire Chief Darrell Reid at Heartland Hall.

The outdoor training centre will help ensure new skills required for confined space rescue, hoisting, high angle rescue and live fire are practiced and maintained, as needed.

Shell’s donation will see half of the $350,000 going towards the engineering and design of the facility, and the other half going into the construction of the estimated $1.59 million centre. Construction is expected to occur throughout 2013.

“Shell is pleased to be part of the development of this facility, which will greatly benefit local emergency services personnel, including our own full-time emergency services staff and volunteer responders,” said Barry Klein, General Manager, Scotford Manufacturing.

“Safety is a core value for Shell and we recognize the important role of both prevention and emergency preparedness in protecting people and environment in the event of an emergency.”