Pro-Boll Chemical & Fertilizer Co., Inc. - Executive Summary
Risk Management Plan (RMP) - Ammonia |
Pro-Boll Chemical and Fertilizer Co., Inc.
LDEQ Facility ID: 2663
1. Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies
We at Pro-Boll Chemical and Fertilizer Co., Inc. in Delhi are strongly committed to employee,
public, and environmental safety. This commitment is an inherent part of our comprehensive
accidental release prevention program that covers areas such as design, installation, operating
procedures, maintenance, and employee training associated with the processes at our facility. It is
our policy to implement appropriate controls to prevent possible releases of regulated substances.
If such a release does occur, our trained emergency response personnel are at hand to control and
mitigate the effects of the release. We also coordinate our response efforts with the R
Department, which provides additional emergency response expertise.
2. Stationary Source and Regulated Substances Handled
Our facility's primary activities include support services for crop production. We have anhydrous
ammonia stored in a 14,884-gallon tank at our facility in Delhi (Figure 1). The maximum amount
stored is 12,651.4 gallons (65,104 pounds) at the maximum fill capacity of 85%.
3. Worst Case Release and Alternative Release Scenarios
We utilized RMP PRO for the worst case and alternate case scenarios of the required offsite
consequence analysis for our facility. The following details these scenarios.
The worst case release scenario involves a catastrophic release of the entire contents of the
anhydrous ammonia storage tank (65,104 pounds) in gaseous form over a 10-minute period. At
Class F atmospheric stability, 1.5 m/s wind speed, and urban topography, the maximum distance to
a toxic endpoint of 0.14 mg/L is 3.8 miles (Figure 2). The estimated pop
ulation within a 3.8-mile
radius of this facility is 3,000.
The alternative release scenario involves a release from an anhydrous ammonia product line. The
scenario involves the release of 8,378.07 pounds of ammonia in a gaseous form over a period of 30
minutes. Under neutral weather conditions, the maximum distance to the toxic endpoint of 0.14
mg/L of ammonia is 0.31 mile (Figure 3). The estimated population within a 0.31-mile radius of the
facility is 75.
4. General Accidental Release Prevention Program
Our facility has taken all the necessary steps to comply with the EPA's accidental release prevention
requirements as set forth in 40 CFR part 68. The following sections briefly describe the elements
of the release prevention program that is in place at our stationary source.
Process Safety Information
Pro-Boll Chemical and Fertilizer Co., Inc. maintains a detailed record of safety information that
describes the chemical hazards, operating parameters, and equipment designs
associated with all
processes (Appendix D).
Process Hazard Analysis
Our facility conducts comprehensive studies to ensure that hazards associated with our processes are
identified and controlled effectively. Any findings from the hazard analysis are addressed in a
Pro-Boll Chemical and Fertilizer Co., Inc. maintains written operating procedures to ensure that
activities within our covered processes are conducted safely. These procedures address various
modes of operation; the information is regularly reviewed and is readily accessible to operators
involved in the processes (Appendix B).
Pro-Boll Chemical and Fertilizer Co., Inc. has a comprehensive training program in place to ensure
that employees who are operating processes are competent in the operating procedures associated
with these processes.
Pro-Boll Chemical and Fertilizer Co., Inc. conducts documented maintenance checks on process
equipment to ensure prop
er operation. Maintenance checks are conducted by qualified personnel
with previous training in maintenance practices. Examples of process equipment that would receive
maintenance checks include: pressure vessels, storage tanks, piping systems, relief and vent systems,
emergency shutdown systems, controls, and pumps. Any equipment deficiencies identified by the
maintenance checks are corrected in a safe and timely manner (Appendix C).
Management of Change
Written procedures are in place at Pro-Boll Chemical and Fertilizer Co., Inc. to manage changes in
process chemicals, technology, equipment, and procedures. Process operators, maintenance
personnel or other employees whose job tasks are affected by a modification in process conditions
are promptly notified of the modification and offered training to deal with it.
Pro-Boll Chemical and Fertilizer Co., Inc. routinely conducts pre-startup safety reviews related to
new processes and modifications in established
processes. These reviews are conducted to confirm
that construction, equipment, and operating and maintenance procedures are suitable for safe startup
prior to placing equipment into operation.
Pro-Boll Chemical and Fertilizer Co., Inc. conducts compliance audits on a regular basis to
determine whether the plan's provisions, set out under the 40 CFR part 68, are being implemented.
Any non-compliance issue discovered during the audit is promptly corrected.
Pro-Boll Chemical and Fertilizer Co., Inc. truly believes that process safety management and
accident prevention is a team effort. Company employees are strongly encouraged to express their
views concerning accident prevention issues and to recommend improvements. In addition, our
employees have access to all information created as part of the facility's implementation of the RMP,
particularly information resulting from process hazard analyses.
5. Five-year Accident History
emical and Fertilizer Co., Inc. has had an excellent record of preventing accidental
releases over the last 5 years. Due to our stringent release prevention policies, no accidental release
has occurred during this period.
6. Emergency Response Plan
Pro-Boll Chemical and Fertilizer Co., Inc. maintains a written emergency response plan to deal with
accidental releases of hazardous materials. The plan addresses all aspects of emergency response
including first aid and medical treatment, evacuations, and notification of local emergency response
agencies and the public (Appendix A).