Heartland Co-op Elkhart - Executive Summary
I. Our Facility and the Regulated Substance we Handle |
This Risk Management Plan has been developed for Heartland Co-op. Our main
office is located in West Des Moines, Iowa but we have anhydrous ammonia storage
facilities in 24 locations in central Iowa. Our policies for each facility and the extent to
which we our concerned with public and employee safety is consistent throughout our
II. Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies at our Facility
Because of the nature of anhydrous ammonia, Heartland Co-op has had
accidental release prevention programs and emergency response policies, as well as
employee safety programs in place as long as we have stored and worked with this
product. At least annually, our employees attend a safety training session which includes
a review of the safe handling of anhydrous ammonia and a written test to confirm their
knowledge. This session is held every spring and often repeated in the fall. In addition,
, storage and application equipment, undergoes an annual inspection, as
well as a safety check every time it is used.
We have emergency shut off valves and relief valves on storage tanks. We
supply information to the Local Emergency Planning Commission and to local fire
departments every year. We invite local fire departments and emergency response teams
to our facilities so that they are familiar with our plant layout and emergency shut off
III. Worst Case Scenario VS Alternate Release Scenario
The worst case scenario that we were required to develop for this Risk
Management Plan involved a total release of product from the largest storage tank at this
facility. We would like to point out the unlikely nature of this ever happening. The tanks
are welded and tested by professionals on a regular basis. Across the country, the more
common release is the one we used as an alternate release scenario, which is the failure
of a transfer hose. Even transfer hoses are chec
ked and replaced annually, if necessary.
If a transfer hose were to develop a leak, the leak could only take place with an employee
present (all valves to the transfer hose are closed, unless product is being transferred by
an employee). It would be immediately obvious, and the employee would close the valve
to the supply hose. The leak would most likely be a small one, not the diameter of the
transfer hose. Therefore, even the numbers shown in the alternate release scenario are
IV. Five Year Accident History
We have had no tank ruptures in the past five years. We have also not had any
transfer hose failure.
V. Emergency Response Program
As noted above, we annually supply information with regard to our facility and
our operations to the Local Emergency Response Commission and to the local fire
department. We encourage both to visit our facilities to fully understand our operations.
Our employees are trained in the safe handling of anhydrous ammonia.
ed Changes to Improve Safety
We will document the safety inspections of the storage tanks, transfer hoses, and
application equipment. We will be more active in communications with the Local
Emergency Planning Commissions and the local fire departments of emergency response
teams and assuring their knowledge or familiarity with our facilities and the public that
could be affected by our operations. We will consider implementation a policy of
reducing off-season inventory in several of our storage tanks.