We record any incidents occurring in our daily business that could have an impact on the environment in our incident tracking and ranking system. We also use this system to track safety-related issues.
We place incidents into four categories, designating it as either minor, moderate, or significant depending on what takes place. The fourth category deals with close calls, where an incident may have not had an actual impact on the environment but still warrants review. We track incidents to identify risks, gaps or weakness in our Environmental Management System, to learn from problems and to adjust our actions to prevent any recurrences. Even incidents that may not be serious on their own can represent trends that we can address before any problems arise.
The top two levels of incidents are reported to our Leadership Team and Board of Directors every quarter and all incidents are reported on an annual basis.
These top two levels of incidents are also reported to government and action is taken to clean up, when required, and prevent a recurrence. All incidents that do occur are rectified and action is taken to prevent the same thing from happening again.
Incident Tracking and Ranking – Results for 2013
Nova Scotia Power had 14 moderate incidents and one
significant incident in 2013.
Three incidents occurred in our Generation
operations. All three incidents were designated as moderate and were related to
one release of oil to water, one release of silt to water and one release of
Twelve incidents occurred in our Delivery
operations. One significant incident was related to the release of mineral oil
from a mobile transformer while the other eleven were designated as moderate
incidents. Nine of these incidents were related to the release of oil and two
were related to the release of PCB oil.