Region V LEPC Meeting Minutes
Olive Drive Fire Training Facility
5642 Victor Street, Bakersfield, Ca. 93308
Thursday, June 21, 2012 Classrooms C/D
1. Call to Order and Introduction
Ernie Candelaria, Chairman called the meeting to order and welcomed everybody to the June 21,
2012 Region V LEPC meeting. It’s noted by the Chairman that there’s enough for a quorum
Voting Members Present:
Ernie Candelaria Kern County Fire Dept.
Craig Perkins Bakersfield City Fire Department
Nick Norton CHP, Fresno Central Division
James Brotherton NOAA/NWS
Joel Martens Tulare County Environmental Health
Vicky Furnish Kern County Environmental Health
Javier Lara Fresno City Fire Dept.
Ruben Arroyo Kern County Ag Department
Chuck Church American Red Cross
Ben Torres California Air National Guard
Kevin Nagata CalEMA Region V, LEPC Inland Region
Neverley Shoemake CalEMA, Emergency Services Coordinator
Hazardous Materials Section
Paul McCarter Tait Environmental Services.
Sandra Rockafellow CHP, Fresno Central Division
Joe Goforth Visalia City Fire Department
Rick White Kern County Ag Department
Mikey Sanders CalTrans Fresno
Douglas Barlow Kinder Morgan
Stephen Fuller Kinder Morgan
Michael Geyer Kern Tech Industries
Dave Mosley Patriot Environmental Services
Michael Villa-Real Union Pacific Railway
2. Approval of the March 15, 2012 minutes for Region V LEPC
March 15th’s minutes were not available for approval
3. Chairman’s Report
A copy of the updated membership and term expirations were distributed
and contacts will be made to those whose expirations are up for renewal.
Chairman provided a Pesticide Protocol refresher (SB 391) which included:
A. Video from the 1999 Earlimart drift incident
B. Slide show of Kern Counties "David" incident which included
unified command with Ag, Environmental Health, Fire and EMS
C. Proper decontamination with "Modesty" in mind
D. Roles/ Responsibilities of all participating agencies
E. Handout of the 2007 reporter's transcript of a public hearing on
Senate Bill 391, pesticide drifts and area plans
F. Handout on Kern Counties Area Plan addressing the 6 protocols
from SB 391 with the participating agencies, Public Health, EMS,
Fire, Ag, etc.
G. Handout on reimbursing medical costs of persons injured in
pesticide incidents and the agency responsible in providing
this information to the victims
Any of the above information is available by request to the Chair by email at
A letter to the Governor was written by Ernie representing the LEPC
expressing the possible negative effects on our region and agencies of the
proposed closure of the California Specialized Training Institute. On
March 28, 2012 a trip was made to the State Capitol and the letter was
read in the presence of a safety committee in a budget hearing. Besides
myself were twenty plus different agencies statewide speaking In
opposition to the proposed closure. I am pleased to announce that our
efforts were part of a successful decision by the safety committee as they
voted 4-0 to not close CSTI. The letter is attached for your review.
4. CalEMA Inland Region-South, Kevin Nagata
The 2012 Emergency Response Guides should be available through each county’s
Emergency Service Coordinator.
Kevin’s responsibilities in his capacity with CalEMA are working with each county’s
Operational Area in times of a major emergency.
5. CalEMA Emergency Services Coordinator, Neverley Shoemake
CalEMA’s website is being kept current a couple of new items have been added such as
the release reporting matrix, spill notification guidance and a sewage spill fact sheet..
A reminder that the Haz Mat section is available for training and technical assistance on
any of the programs such as the unified program, grants, business programs, etc.
There’s no change on the reconstitution of the SERC. CalEMA has withdrawn the
Governors Office Action Request (GOAR) at the request from the legal recommendation
to our secretary. However our secretary will reconvene the SERC on his own initiative
since he has the latitude as the Chair and new tactics are being considered in the efforts of
reconstituting the SERC.
The legislative update includes ten bills in this session that are being tracked and there are
four assembly bills that have been updated, 1566, 1620, 1704 and 1715.
Hemet, Riverside and Santa Clara Cities have recently passed their type one audits.
A request was submitted for additional funds for HMEP grants to more adequately fund
the training side.
The new grant cycle deadline is August 15th to CalEMA. The applications must be to the
LEPC by July 15th for approval and then forwarded to CalEMA.
6. Kern County Commodity Flow Update, Paul McCarter
Paul gave us an update on the agriculture and placard data in the study. The railways data
from Union Pacific and BNSF Railways was received by Ernie however it’s been strongly
suggested by the railways that this information is classified as “Sensitive” and should only
be available to the public on a need to know basis. The committee decided to treat this
information as we do the CalARPP facilities and have it managed through the CUPA’s. It
will not be available in the commodity flow study. However, it will be referenced with
instructions to contact the local CUPA for access to the information. The CUPA will take
every precautionary measure in screening the request before any information is released.
7. Region V’s Training Update Vicky Furnish
A training invitation was received by Region II and forwarded to Region V for a Haz Mat
Unconfirmed dates for a Haz Mat tech class in Bakersfield in October and unconfirmed
dates for a February F and G class in Bakersfield.
Grants and tuitions are available in Region II for a Haz Mat IC class August 1st and 2nd in
Grants and tuitions are available for a Haz Mat Tech/Spec Refresher in Stockton August 7-
We are researching the possibility of having a Tech/Spec Refresher here in Region V.
There are still a few agencies that have not completed the Emergency Response Training
information to update our Regional Plan under part III attachments. Follow up will continue
until the information is received. Please contact us if any help is needed in completing the
8. CSTI Update, Not Available
9. Mass Decon Tent Demo, Not Available
10. Proposed Agenda Items: Transportation Security
11. Public Comment; None
12. Next Meeting: September 20, 2012 (Fresno)
13. Adjournment: Motion made by Ernie to adjourn, second by Ben Torres, all ayes, no nays, seeing
none motion passed.