Con Agra Poultry - Executive Summary
CON AGRA POULTRY |
RISK MANAGMENT PLAN
1. ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE POLICIES.
At Con Agra Poultry, we utilize anhydrous ammonia which is considered hazardous by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The properties which make ammonia valuable as a refrigerant also necessitate certain safety precautions. Con Agra strives to protect all its valuable resources and assets - both personnel and property. We live and have families in this community. We want to prevent exposure to all our personnel as well as nearby members of our community, existing natural resources, and the surrounding environment. It is our policy to comply with all Federal, State, and Local regulations. Through continual, accurate training and various safety devices and procedures, we work to minimize potential releases.
Our emergency response program has specific procedures for accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia as well as other emerge
ncies. We work in conjunction with the Enterprise Fire Department and the Local Emergency Planning Committee to prepare for necessary notification of all affected neighbors.
2. THE STATIONARY SOURCE AND REGULATED SUBSTANCES HANDLED.
The primary purpose of our facility is the processing of poultry products. We utilize anhydrous ammonia as the primary means for refrigeration, cooling and freezing. An outside company is used to fill our main receiver tanks. Piping then carries the ammonia to the needed refrigeration, cooling or freezing units. Access to the site is restricted to facility employees, authorized management personnel and authorized contractors.
The regulated substance used at our facility is anhydrous ammonia. The maximum amount of ammonia stored at this facility is 50,000 pounds. We have the capacity for 71,500 pounds but our written policy limits our storage to 70% of total capacity.
3. THE WORST CASE RELEASE SCENARIO(S) AND THE ALTERNATIVE RELEASE SCENARIO(S
), INCLUDING ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROLS AND MITIGATION MEASURES TO LIMIT THE DISTANCES FOR EACH REPORTED SCENARIO.
Worst Case Scenario
The worst case scenario would be failure of our largest receiver. Con Agra policy restricts the maximum capacity of this 9,500 pound tank to 70% of capacity. The greatest amount stored in that tank is 6,646 pounds. It is assumed that the entire contents are released as a two phase flow (gas and aerosol-ALOHA).
Distance to endpoint: 1.2 miles
The alternative scenario would be the release of ammonia due to the failure of a pressure release valve. The emergency valves shut-down release would engage and stop the flow or an alarm would alert personnel to manually shut the valve. The maximum time of the release would be 60 minutes and maximum quantity released would be approximately 1,022 pounds of ammonia.
Distance to endpoint: 0.08 miles (141 yards)
4. FIVE-YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY.
To date, this Con Agra Poultry facility has
had no releases.
5. THE RMP MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.
The management of the RMP program will be handled by the Safety Manager. He/She will administrate in conjunction with the Con Agra Poultry management and personnel. Other entities or organizations that will be coordinated with include the Coffee County Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Enterprise Fire Department and HAZMAT team.
6. THE GENERAL ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM AND THE SPECIFIC PREVENTION STEPS.
The Con Agra Poultry facility complies with all applicable Federal, State and Local regulations including the EPAs Accidental Release Prevention Rule. Our personnel are trained about this during our Hazard Communications Training and through access to our Written Programs. Our Refrigeration Maintenance operators receive a combination of classroom training plus On-The-Job (OTJ) training). They are given written tests and are able to demonstrate proper job skills and knowledge.
7. THE EMERGENCY RESPONS
We work very closely with the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Enterprise Fire Department and HAZMAT team on emergency preparedness. We meet periodically with representatives of each to address any changes in the facility or any new concerns.
8. PLANNED CHANGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY.
Currently, Con Agra trains and tests all refrigeration technicians. Our preventative maintenance program is above standard and our total ammonia Process Safety Program is reviewed annually and updated periodically. Our program is improved continuously through annual updates of our written program and annual training of our technicians. We also take advantage of new technologies when safer and more economical alternatives are available.