response to findings contained in the Buncefield Major Incident
Investigation Board's (MIIB) initial report published in July. These
recommendations, based on the latest information available, are believed to
be precautionary and prudent to offer worthwhile additional public and
environmental protection. The actions relate to:
· Pipeline transfers;
· Tank overfill prevention ? operating safety margins and level alarms;
· Fire safe shut-off valves and remotely operated shut off valves;
· Containment ? bunds and other measures; and
· Shift handover.
The CA are also reviewing the emerging outcomes from the safety and
environmental reviews of fuel depots carried out by the Health and Safety
Executive (HSE), Environment Agency (EA) and Scottish Environment
Protection Agency (SEPA) earlier this year. The CA will report their
findings later this year. These may well include the need for industry to
take further measures.
The Task Group recommends and the CA requires sites that have bulk tanks
storing petroleum that could be overfilled leading to a significant vapour
cloud to take immediate action. These sites will now have to implement the
recommendations by the deadlines set out in the report. Industry
representatives have agreed to complete them and the CA will be monitoring
industry progress closely to ensure the enhanced safety standards are
introduced on time.
Under the CA's direction, the Task Group set out to undertake a
comprehensive and thorough review of facilities like Buncefield to ensure
they operate correctly. The actions detailed above are the first results of
this work. The Task Group will make final recommendations to industry aimed
at enhancing safety and environmental standards by July 2007.
The CA acknowledges the commitment industry members of the Task Group have
shown. It is important that these changes to further improve safety are
implemented by the deadlines stated.