UAP Northwest, Blackfoot - Executive Summary
1. Facility Accidental Release Policy |
The owners, management and employees of UAP Northwest, 1701 N.W. Main Street, Blackfoot, Idaho are commited to the prevention of any accidental release of Anhydrous Ammonia. If an accidental release should occur, the facility is prepared to work with the local fire department, or other authorities to mitigate any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment. A detailed response plan has been developed and will be implemented in the event of an accidental release.
2. Facility Information
The primary activity at UAP Northwest is the storage and sale of fertilizers. For this RMP a non-hazardous fertilizer produced from a mobile reactor.
The substance(s) that are occasionally stored at this facility would be Anhydrous Ammonia at or above the threshhold level for the RMP.
Anhydrous Ammonia is recieved via rail car and reacted with Phosphoric Acid to produce ammonia polyphosphate fertilizer. This end product
is considered non-hazardous. This fertilizer is utilized for land application in crop production.
The reactor utilized in this process is not the property UAP Northwest. it is a private company that travels with this equipment to various states providing service for retail fertilizer locations. No employee of UAP Northwest are involved in this processing. The sole reason the regulated substance is on Uap Northwest's property is for the purpose of making this non-hazardous end product fertilizer. There is no storage of a regulated substance un Clean Air Act 112(r).
3. Worst-Case and Alternate Release Scenerio
The worst-case release scenerio for Anhydrous Ammonia would be the release of the total contents of the rail car release as a gas over a 10 minutes period. The maximum quantity released as a gas over a 10 minute period. The maximum quantity released would be 160,000 pounds, which represents the volume of the largest rail car at 85 percent capacity, as limited by desi
gn standards. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 1.18 miles.
The alternate release scenario based on the five year accident history ( or the most likely potential incident) is a release from a break in a transfer hose, which is estimated to release 11,908 pounds over a release duration of 2 minutes. The distance to the end point (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is .41 miles.
4. Emergency Response Program
This facility has developed a written Emergency Contingency plan (C-Plan). The plan addresses the regulations concerning emergency plans as mandated under; OSHA 29 CFR - 1910.38,1910.119 and 1910.120, EPA 40 CFR - part 264, subpart D, and part 68 and 279.52, DOT/RSPA - FRP - 40 CFR part 194. Elements within this plan include employee training, SARA Title III reporting requirements and Community Right-To-Know, pre emergency planning and emergency response information.
5. Accidental Release Prevention Program
The users of Anhydrous Ammonia a
t this facility implemented the provisions of the "Safety Requirements for Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia" as published by the American National Standards Institute, Inc (ANSI K61.1).; California code of Regulations, Title 8, Subchapter 1, "Unfired Pressure Vessel Safety Orders"; and the standards of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.111, "Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia."
6. Five-Year Accident History
There have been no accidental releases or near misses of Anhydrous ammonia in the past five years that:
have caused any deaths, injuries, or significant property damage at the facility; nor
have resulted in off-site deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage.
7. Planned Changes to Improve Safety
Safety improvement is an on-going process at the facility, and by the owner of the reactor. Periodic evaluations are performed to asses the maintenance of safe conditions
. There are no additional specific planned changes to the anhydrous ammonia rail cars or processes at the facility.