Simon Corbell has announced a review of the Government responses to the Mitchell PCB fire have come up looking good:
An independent review of the ACT Government’s testing and analysis of a fire, which destroyed a business in Mitchell found that the government response was generally well managed, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon [...]
The company that shrouded Canberra in toxic smoke, Energy Services Invironmental, is having another go with oil processing in Canberra.
The Canberra Times reports that the Mitchell fire culprits are applying to set up shop in Hume.
But fear not the Environment Protection Authority says the proposed plant is completely safe unlike the last one. In particular [...]
WorkSafe ACT are advising that they’ve approved the demolition of the building in Mitchell which so spectacularly caught fire back in September last year.
The Energy Services Invironmental (ESI) Pty Ltd premises at Dacre Street Mitchell will undergo a planned demolition, six months after an uncontrolled chemical fire consumed the building on 16 September 2011. [...]
The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is having some fun with answers to questions he’s had from Simon Corbell:
Information obtained by the Canberra Liberals shows an Emergency Services staff member was woken up to send the critical Mitchell fire emergency message from home because the ESA Headquarters does not have the capacity to distribute emergency alerts.
“For the [...]
Back in January we were alarmed by the sudden deletion of FOI documents detailing a history of concern about Energy Services Invironmetal and why it was doing dangerous work with seriously dangerous chemicals in the heart of Canberra.
The documents have now been returned to the public.
Last week we were all mortified to learn of the unheeded warnings about the nerve gas billowing accident waiting to happen in the middle of the city.
Intriguingly the Freedom of Information documents revealing this horror have now been removed:
NOTE: These documents contain material the release of which has been disputed. In order to ensure compliance [...]
The ABC is getting excited about the litany of exposed failures which were not dealt with before the plant full of deadly poison in the middle of Canberra exploded and filled the sky with black smoke.
Documents released under freedom of information (FOI) and dating back several years, reveal WorkCover inspectors and the ACT Fire [...]
Senator Humphries is letting us know that he’s had the answers back to the Questions On Notice he asked the Attorney-General on why the Emergency Alert system failed during the Mitchell Fire emergency.
In response to questions on notice asked by Senator Humphries, the Attorney-General has put it in terms clear as day:
The Emergency Alert technology [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the appointment of Professor Jochen Mueller to “lead an expert review of the testing for environmental contaminants, undertaken by Government agencies, following the Mitchell fire.”
“I announced late last week that the Government would be appointing an independent expert to review the Government’s testing regime following the incident at Mitchell. I am [...]
Drum roll please…
And the Mully Cup for September 2011 goes to Energy Services Invironmental!
Thanks to their stupendous chemical fire at Mitchell there have been hundreds of comments over a great many stories.
As an added bonus, depending on just how cleanly the fire burned, many north Canberra residents may have now been freed from having to [...]
Simon Corbell has announced continuing fallout from the Mitchell Fire, this time a review of testing procedures:
Mr Corbell said the independent expert, who would have experience in toxicology with a focus on environmental containments including PCBs and dioxins, would review the government’s chemical contamination testing results and provide advice to the government on long-term monitoring [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the release of a review into all the ways the emergency alert system went wrong during the Mitchell Fire.
What strikes me as particularly clear is that anyone with a basic knowledge of primary school maths and the wit to apply it could have predicted these limitations and yet it was never [...]
The Canberra Times is letting the other show drop on the “testing” by the ACT Environment Protection Authority which has so far found nothing at all from a huge open air burnoff of PCBs in the middle of Canberra.
The director of Queensland pollution testing facility Airlabs, chemical engineer Chris Clunies-Ross, said there were standard air [...]
Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is arcing up over the Mitchell Fire and asking why the results of air tests have been disappeared:
Today’s revelations that the Mitchell fire air results were not retained come on top of continued failings by ACT Labor in the aftermath of the emergency, ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja said today. The [...]
The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate has released the results of their testing following the Mitchell Fire and announced that 420,000 litres of PCB containing oil have burned off, despite the best efforts of the Fire Brigade to pour water onto them as they burned, without any ill effects whatsover.
If the testing is accurate [...]
The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury has been rattling Simon Corbell’s cage on why a week later we’re yet to find out what we were breathing on Friday in the wake of the massive chemical fire in Mitchell (bearing in mind the plant was storing one of the worst pollutants known to man and the smoke pictures [...]
Simon Corbell is trying to reassure us about the aftermath of the Mitchell fire.
Tests results received yesterday by the EPA show some residue in the immediate vicinity of the fire site contains sodium hydroxide and sodium carbonate. This poses no risk to human health but may cause pocking of soft metals such as aluminium.
Simon Corbell’s office have sent through his ministerial statement from Monday on the Mitchell fire which has some detail, not much of it reassuring, about what we were all breathing on Friday as the PCB processing plant in the middle of the city blazed away.
You really need to read the whole thing. Here it is:
The National Capital Authority have announced the re-opening of Lake Burley Griffin after Friday’s chemical fire in Mitchell.
The Environment Protection Authority has advised that water quality results indicate the lake is safe for use.
The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is asking some much needed questions about what exactly was spewed into the air on Friday during the Mitchell fire.
“The chemicals involved in this fire were polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, one of the chemicals banned under the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants. The burning of such chemicals can result [...]
The ESA has announced they’re re-opening parts of Mitchell:
Thanks to the swift actions of the ESA and EPA who have conducted comprehensive sampling and testing we are now able to confirm that the test results have conclusively shown no contaminants or toxins from the fire within the Mitchell exclusion zone.
This means the exclusion zone in [...]
Much was made during the Mitchell fire emergency of the efforts made to evacuate horses from EPIC.
The ABC’s Jo Laverty did a lengthy piece on the efforts being made to cater for dogs and cats.
We were therefore surprised to hear gossip that the Bimberi Youth Detention centre had not been evacuated.
So surprised we asked Joy [...]
ACT Fire Brigade has advised a wall on an adjoining building has collapsed.
The collapse has not resulted in additional smoke being released.
Fire-fighters are continuing to contain the blaze.
7:00pm Friday 16 September 2011
The ACT Fire Brigade has now extinguished the fire about 22 hours after it started.
Firefighters will remain on scene overnight to ensure there are [...]
The ACT Fire Brigade has advised that the exclusion zone in Mitchell will remain in place for the weekend.
Assessments will be ongoing and information will be released as fire-fighting efforts continue. People need to exercise caution in areas directly surrounding the exclusion zone in Mitchell. Fire-fighting activities are continuing at the site and there is [...]
The ACT Fire Brigade have received a number of enquires via telephone and social media asking whether it is safe to go outdoors.
Due to changes in wind direction and as a precautionary measure the ACT Fire Brigade advises residents located in Campbell, Braddon, Downer, Dickson and Watson to try and remain indoors and people to [...]
The NCA has warned that they’ve closed Lake Burley Griffin due to the fire in Mitchell and the fear of toxic pollution.
They’ve then gone on to warn that the lake remains closed.
Lake Burley Griffin will remain closed to all sporting and recreational uses until further notice, following a factory fire in Mitchell overnight.
The NCA was [...]
ACT Fire Brigade are continuing firefighting operations and attacking the fire with large quantities of foam. ACT Fire Brigade advise explosions may continue through firefighting operations until the fire is extinguished.
Some residue including oil and firefighting material from the site has been identified in the Flemington Road ponds. This area has been isolated and the [...]
As we come to terms with the ongoing chemical fire in Mitchell the ESA has given a warning of the possible effects of exposure to the stuff which was clearly visible from Civic this lunchtime (emphasis mine):
Canberra Connect has received 2250 calls from the public about the Mitchell fire.
There has been no-one present to hospital [...]
If you have been affected by the recent events in Mitchell and your business operations have been interupted, Regus can help with a range of temporary facilities to ensure business continuity remains unaffected.
Please feel free to contact Ian Smith, General Manager of Regus Canberra on (02) 6169 4000.
ACTION are warning of the services they’re unwilling to provide as potentially toxic smoke envelopes the Inner North.
ACTION bus services running in North Canberra have now recommenced. Services will be diverted away from Mitchell. School services in North Canberra will not operate this morning. It is expected that all school services will run as per [...]
For all of the ESA reporting and safety warnings please read our earlier report
[Lead photo by ThisIsAName]
The first photo was sent in by Gungahlin Al at 2.20am.
Mamunul sent this in of the explosions at 2.48am.
Overlord has noted at 3.35am that the SMS warning left a bit to be desired:
This kind of basic spelling mistake is [...]
The ACT Fire Brigade is responding to reports of a large factory fire in Dacre Street at Mitchell.
11:52pm Thursday 15 September 2011
A 300 metre exclusion zone has now been put in place.
Three fire pumpers, bronto, hazmat, BA unit and command crews are all on scene.
The ACT Fire Brigade is working with the business operator [...]