REIFFSBURG - Executive Summary
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Royster-Clark Agribusiness FARMARKET
This Royster-Clark facility is a retail fertilizer and agri-chemical sales operation. Bulk and packaged products are stored for eventual sale to the farmer. This facility unloads anhydrous ammonia from semi tanker trailers for storage in pressure storage tanks. The ammonia is then stored for eventual sale and use by our farmer customers. This facility has stored and sold this product since 1993.
This facility has an excellent safety record with no deaths to plant personnel or contractors due to the RMP covered process.
The facility's safety record is a direct result of the emphasis placed on plant safety by management and employees alike.
B. Accidental Release Prevention Policies and Program:
This facility strives to meet or exceed compliance with state ammonia regulations. The company's Environmental, Health & Safety staff furnishes technical assistance and performs safety and environmen
tal audits and training on a regular basis.
The ammonia tanks and associated equipment are inspected annually following recommended industry and engineering frequencies. Pressure tanks and pressure lines are tested following pressure vessel testing standards.
Safety meetings for all employees are held at least every month at this facility. In addition to safety training classes, each employee has taken numerous computer based training courses.
Royster-Clark believes safety and environmental stewardship must be second nature to all employees and contractor personnel.
C. Emergency Response Policies and Program:
Each facility employee is trained to be familiar with the Emergency Response policies and procedures through safety reviews and other safety meetings. The Emergency Response Plan is reviewed on an annual basis as part of employee refresher training. Safety policies and procedures are also reviewed on an annual basis.
The Emergency Response Plan is followed in the event
of an emergency.
The Local Emergency Planning Committee and Fire Department personnel are furnished a copy of the Emergency Response Plan and invited to tour the facility on a regular basis.
The facility Emergency Action Plan covers such things as accidental releases of plant chemicals, natural disasters and emergency response practices and procedures. The plan is reviewed each year with all employees. The company maintains seven Hazardous Materials Response Teams throughout the country, ready to respond to emergencies at the plant. The response teams have undergone extensive training in Hazardous Material Response.
D. Worst Case Scenario:
This facility has two anhydrous ammonia storage tanks on-site. Each tank is equipped with pressure safety relief valves and excess flow valves. Based on the worse case scenario as defined by the EPA, there would be public receptors within this location's affected zone.
The EPA requires a very conservative worst case scenario to be a catastro
phic rupture of the largest tank with a complete loss of product over 10 minutes.
It should be noted that the EPA describes the worst-case scenario as:
"Because the assumptions required for the worst-case analysis are very conservative, the results likely will be very conservative...These endpoints are concentrations below which it is believed nearly all individuals could be exposed for one half hour to one hour without any serious health effects. In addition, the worst case analysis is carried out using very conservative assumptions about weather and release conditions. The distance to the endpoint estimated under worst-case conditions should not be considered a zone in which the public would likely be in danger; instead, it is intended to provide an estimate of the maximum possible area that might be affected in the unlikely event of catastrophic conditions." (EPA550-B-98-003, Section4.2)
Royster-Clark believes the chances for a catastrophic rupture are extremely unlikely bec
ause of the routine testing, facility safety systems, periodic inspections, and constant monitoring.
E. Alternative-case Scenario:
The ammonia tanks are filled via trucks; then product is transferred to small nurse tanks. The most likely release scenario would be a rupture of a hose connecting a nurse tank and ammonia transfer system. The conditions picked for this scenario are those which would create a maximum amount of loss of anhydrous ammonia.
F. Five Year Accident History:
This facility has an excellent safety record with one accident to its personnel as a result of work performed with the RMP covered process. The facility identified the root cause of the accident and implemented additional programs and procedures to prevent accidents in the future. In addition, there have been no accidents resulting in the release of ammonia with off site consequences during the entire operations period. Extensive programs and procedures are in place to maintain that record.
Changes to Improve Safety:
Royster-Clark and this facility continuously look for ways to enhance the safety of this location. Monthly safety inspections are conducted which result in corrective actions; annual equipment inspections are conducted; and detailed Royster-Clark sponsored environmental health and safety audits are conducted at least every three years.
The employees of Royster-Clark are extremely proud of our safety record and vast improvements made in both environmental stewardship and safety over the last twenty years. We believe, with our programs and policies in place and with the continued efforts of our personnel, we will maintain our safety record and our safe plant environment for the public, our customers, and our employees for years to come.