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  LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL Report 1 - February 2012 i   Select Committee on the Kooragang Island Orica Chemical Leak Kooragang Island Orica chemical leak Ordered to be printed 23 February 2012.  LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL Kooragang Island Orica chemical leak ii  Report 1 - February 2012 New South Wales Parliamentary Library cataloguing-in-publication data: New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Council. Select Committee on the Kooragang Island Orica Chemical Leak Kooragang Island Orica chemical leak / Select Committee on the Kooragang Island Orica Chemical Leak. [Sydney, NSW]: The Committee, 2012. – vi, 188p. ; 30 cm (Report ; no. 1) Chair: Hon Robert Brown MLC February 2012 . ISBN: 9781921286810 1. Orica Mining Services Kooragang Site, Australia, 2011—Accidents. 2. Orica Mining Services Kooragang Site, Australia, 2011—Environmental aspects. 3. Chemical industry—New South Wales—Kooragang Island—Accidents. 4. Hazardous substances—New South Wales—Kooragang Island—Accidents. I Title. II. Brown, Robert. II Series: New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Council. Select Committee on the Kooragang Island Orica Chemical Leak. Report ; no. 1 363.3497 (DDC22)  SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE KOORAGANG ISLAND ORICA CHEMICAL LEAK    Report 1 - February 2012  iii   How to contact the Committee Members of the Select Committee on the Kooragang Island Orica Chemical Leak can be contacted through the Committee Secretariat. Written correspondence and enquiries should be directed to:  The Director Select Committee on the Kooragang Island Orica Chemical Leak Legislative Council Parliament House, Macquarie Street Sydney New South Wales 2000 Internet www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/oricainquiry Email oricainquiry@parliament.nsw.gov.au  Telephone (02) 9230 3509 Facsimile (02) 9230 2981  LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL Kooragang Island Orica chemical leak iv   Report 1 - February 2012  Terms of reference  That the Committee inquire into and report on the Kooragang Island Orica chemical leak, in particular: (a)   the response of Orica following the incident, including: (i) how the Chromium VI was released and how Orica became aware it had been released, (ii) Orica’s understanding of the geographic extent and environmental impact of the leak, (iii) whether the potential health and other impacts of the leak on Orica workers and on the community around the company’s plant were adequately addressed, (iv) the actions and timing of Orica in reporting the leak and addressing its immediate impacts, (v) the adequacy of Orica’s emergency response plans and safety plans with respect to chemical discharge or explosion prior to the incident, (vi) compliance by Orica with licensing or regulatory obligations arising from the incident, (vii) whether other toxic chemicals stored or produced on the Orica Kooragang site have potential to affect the community and environment, (viii) Orica’s response plan to the incident, (b)   the New South Wales Government's response following the incident, including: (i) the timelines and reporting to the Office of Environment and Heritage within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Office of the Minister for Environment and Heritage, the Office of the Premier, the Department of Health, the Office of the Minister for Health, New South Wales Fire Brigades, the Office of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and the Minister for the Hunter, (ii) the actions of government departments and agencies once notified, (iii) the actions of government ministers and ministerial staff once notified, (c) the final report of the inquiry into the chemical leak at the Orica site being conducted by Brendan O’Reilly, and (d)   any other related matters arising from these terms of reference.  These terms of reference were referred to the Committee by the Legislative Council on 25 August 2011. 1   1  LC Minutes (25/8/2011) 35, p 374-376.
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