Ellsworth Coop - Executive Summary
Risk Management Plan-EXECUTIVE SUMMARY |
1. The Facility Policy
The owners, management, and employees of Ellsworth Coop are committed to the prevention of any accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia. If an accidental release should occur, the facility is prepared to work with the local fire company, or other authorities, to mitigate any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment.
2. Facility Information
-The primary activity at the facility is the storage and marketing of grain.
-Anhydrous ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for direct application for crop production nutrients.
-The maximum quantity stored would be 189,415 pounds stored in our 26,000 and 15,000 gallon tanks.The maximum quantity handled would be the unloading of a delivery truck containing 45,000 pounds.
3. The worst-case release scenario and the alternative release scenario
The worst-case release scenario would be the release of the total contents o
f a storage tank released as a gas over 10 minutes. The maximum quantity released would be 113,815 pounds, which represents the volume of the storage tank at 85 percent capacity as limited by design standards. The distance to the endpoint is 2.22 miles.
The alternative release scenario based on the five-year accident history (or the most likely potential incident) is a release from a breal in a transfer hose. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200ppm) is .83 miles.
4. The accidental release prevention program.
The facility has implemented the provisions of "Safety Requirements for the Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia, K-61.1", published by The American National Standards, Inc., and the standards of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.111, "Storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia".
5. The Five-year Accident History.
There have been no accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia in the past five years that
have caused any deaths, injuries, or significant property damage at the facility; nor to our knowledge, have resulted in offsite deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage.
6. The emergency response program.
-The facility has:
A written emergency action plan, in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1910.38;
provided state and local authorities the emergency planning and community right-to-know information as required under SARA Title III (EPCRA).
A written emergency response program, in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1910.120, including pre-emergency planning and employee training.
7. Planned changes to improve safety.
Safety improvement is an on-going process at the facility. Periodic evaluations are performed to assess the maintenance of safe conditions. There are no additional specific anhydrous ammonia safety recommendations for implementation at this time.