Motiva Enterprises LLC Sewaren Plant - Executive Summary

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Executive Summary 
The accidental release prevention and emergency response policies at your facility:  Motiva Enterprises LLC Sewaren Terminal is committed to operating and maintaining all of our processes in a safe and responsible manner.  The Sewaren facility adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.  We utilize a review processes to achieve safety excellence and a leadership position in safety and environmental stewardship.  In addition, safe work practices and a safe workplace are the responsibility  of every person in the plant.   
We use a combination of accidental release prevention programs and emergency response planning programs to help ensure the safety of our employees and the public as well as protection of the environment.  If an emergency were to occur, it is our policy to notify the Woodbridge Fire Department and request that they respond to the emergency.   
A description of your facility and the regulated substances handled:  The Sewaren  Butane Unloa 
ding facility transfers butane to the gasoline blend tanks.  The butane is pumped directly from the rail car or tank truck to the gasoline blend tank.  At the blend tank, the butane is mixed with a circulating stream of gasoline to provide complete mixing before entering the tank. 
Two rail car unloading racks with several unloading spots at each rack are available for unloading butane.  Also available is one tank truck unloading spot, which shares a transfer pump with one rack at one time. 
Offsite Consequences:  Our worst-case scenario is failure of one 30,000-gallon railcar when filled to the greatest amount allowed resulting in a vapor cloud explosion reaching offsite endpoints and nearby public receptors.  
Our alternative-case scenario is failure of a 4" hose resulting in a release of  3200 lbs of butane in 1 minute resulting in a vapor cloud fire.  The excess flow valve and emergency shutdown systems will mitigate the release.   The alternative-case scenario would not affect any 
one beyond our property.  
The general accidental release prevention program and chemical-specific prevention steps:  The Sewaren facility complies with EPA's accident prevention rule and all applicable state and local codes and regulations.  The butane loading system is designed, installed, and maintained in accordance with state laws. 
Five - year accident history:  We have never had an accident involving our butane that caused deaths, injuries, property or environmental damage, evacuations, or sheltering in place. 
The emergency response program:  In the event of an emergency involving our butane loading system, it is our policy to notify the Woodbridge Fire Department and request that they respond to the emergency.  We have discussed this policy with the fire department; members of the fire department have inspected our butane loading system.   
The Sewaren Terminal Emergency Response Program uses contingency plans to coordinate all emergency responses.  The contingency plans are 
designed to provide guidelines for company employees for responding to emergencies and incidents at the terminal.   
The contingency plans are used to respond to various emergencies and are intended to fulfill federal and company requirements under OPA '90 Plan, SPCC Plan, FIRE Plan, HAZWOPER Plan Hazardous Waste Contingency Plan and The Company Emergency Plan which covers general emergencies, disasters threats of violence, bomb threats and demonstrations.   
While our contingency plans cover a wide variety of emergencies, their main purpose is to define appropriate response measures to a substantial threat of discharge or discharge of oil onto land or into navigable waters of the United States.   Annual training and drills are a part of these contingency plans and are used to exercise and critique the plans.  
Planned changes to improve safety:  The Sewaren Terminal holds monthly safety meetings.  Review and discussion of near misses and potential threats have been added to the meeti 
ng to heighten safety awareness and accident prevention.  The incident investigation process at the Terminal will incorporate root cause analyses techniques as another tool to identify the prime causes of incidents.   The case management process of incidents will be a major emphasis area for improvement in 1999.  In addition, behavior based safety process will also be integrated  at the Sewaren facility.  The following is a list of training topics that will be provided: 
' Basic Principles and Practices of butane 
' Butane Plant Operations 
' Overview of the RMP standard for all employees
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