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Located in the Regional Natural Park of “the Narbonnaise”, the commercial Port of Port-La Nouvelle takes care to minimize the impact of port activities. Recent investments (2012 + 2013) have ensure that Port-La Nouvelle remains an efficient point of import/export for all local commercial operations : new grabs for bulk handling, latest generation mobile cranes, new storage areas, purchase of dust-free hoppers, regular cleaning of docks and workspaces. A newly created “green zone” enables the port community to sort out their waste before collection.

French “ICPE”

Any industrial site which creates any form of risk must comply with the French rules of the “Classified Installation for Environmental Protection” (ICPE). Activities under this legislation are listed in a regulation divided in two sections. One section refers to the use or the storage of certain substances (flammable goods, toxic, pollutant …) and the second section refers to the type of proposed activity (chemical industry, food processing plant…). Based on these criteria, the intended operation is either subject to an Authorization or a Declaration. The regime of the Declaration includes the least polluting and less dangerous activities. In this case, a simple declaration at the Prefecture is required. The Authorization regime evaluates the activities enable to generate greater risks. In that case, the operator must apply for a permit

before any commissioning, demonstrating the compatibility of the site with the regulations. The Prefecture may allow or deny the intended activities. Under the authority of the Prefect, operations and relevant controls are assigned to the Classified Installations Inspectors (DREAL).

Terminal operators in Port-La Nouvelle comply with these provisions.

SEVESO Sites - Technological Risk Prevention

Depending on the industrial activity, the legislation on Classified Installations may introduce additional constraints, such as the European Directive SEVESO 2. This is in the form of an additional “Impact Enquiry” and a study of hazards and is managed through the intervention of a CSS (information and consultation committee). In Port-La Nouvelle, this comprises of the industrial operators, the public administration, local associations and the State authorities. The procedure ends by the issuing of (or denying of) a license to operate the site, which sets out all the requirements designed to protect both people and the environment. The site is regularly inspected by DREAL’s inspectors.

The Commercial Port of Port-La Nouvelle has five SEVESO sites :

  • Oil terminals EPPLN and DPPLN = thermal and mechanical effects.
  • Gas terminals ANTARGAZ and FRANGAZ = thermal effects and pressure.
  • Liquid terminal FOSELEV LOGISTIQUE= thermal effects.

Within the port area, all the risks associated with these 5 sites are the subject of a Plan of Technological Risk Prevention (PPRT). It protects the local populations by controlling the urban development around the exposed area thereby reducing its vulnerability.

What to do in case of emergency

In case of disaster, the public should not be concerned and should allow the intervention of emergency services. The general public are advised to leave the area and carefully follow the advice of the emergency services.

The Municipality of Port-La Nouvelle issues a document explaining the rules to follow.