W.B. Johnston Grain - Eddy Branch - Executive Summary
Risk Management Plan |
W.B. Johnston Grain Co - Eddy Location
Certification for the Risk Management Plan Program 2, Anhydrous Ammonia
To the best of the undersigned's knowledge. The following information submitted is true, accurate and complete.
Signature Printed Name
A risk mamagement plan has been implemented at Johnston Grain Company's Eddy facility to provide a contingenty plan in the event of an accidental release of anhydrous ammonia. This plan has been developed to prevent accidental release through responsible handling and proper storage of the produ
ct. Johnston's will also ensure that employees recieve the necessary training and that proper safety equipment is provided. Johnston's will also make sure that the surrounding community is aware of our preparedness in the event of an accident.
Johnston's Eddy facility is a full service, country elevator, which sells feed, seed, fertilizer, as well as agricultural chemicals. The only substance subject to regulation under RMP and above the threshold quantities is anhydrous ammonia. Anhydrous ammonia is recieved, stored and distributed from our facility as a crop fertilizer only. Our facility has one storage tank that has 12,000 gallon capicity and is filled to only 85%, this equals 56,000 pounds of ammonia. We also have thirteen (13) 1000 gallon nurse tanks also filled to a maximum of 85% full at our location. The combined location is 25,000 gallons or 117,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia.
This facility has a "stie safety cooridinator" , all Johnston coordinators are given traini
ng to monitor the day to day safe work activities, maintain the required regulatory record keeping, conduct safety meetings, conduct employee training, and act as the location's contact with the corporate office. The site safety coordinator acts as the location's emergency contact.
As required by EPA guidelines the following worst-case release and alternative release scenarios have been devised.
WORST CASE SCENARIO:
Our worst case scenario is the loss of the total contents of the 12,000 gallon storage tank, when filled to the greatest amount allowed (85% capacity), released as a gas over 10 minutes, resulting in total vaporization. The maximum quanity released would be 56,000 pounds. According to DEGADIS modeling, this release (distance from point of dispersion to 200 ppm) would have off-site impacts and would travel 0.84 miles. It should be noted that Johnston's has never had a release of an entire stationary anhydrous ammonia storage tank from any of its facilities.
IVE RELEASE SCENARIO:
The most common alternative release scenario from our facility would be in the failure of a one inch transfer hose and release approximately 2901 pound of anhydrous ammonia over a two minute period. Under the worst weather conditions the contents would travel 0.22 miles before dispersing enough to no longer pose a hazard to the public. It should be noted that Johnston's has not had a release of this type in the past.
GENERAL ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM AND CHEMICAL-SPECIFIC PREVENTION STEPS:
The anhydrous ammonia system is designed, installed, and maintained in accordance with ASTM standards and ASME codes. This facility complies with teh ANSI K61.1 standards, OSHA (29 CFR 1910.111), EPA's Accidental Release Prevention Rule, and all applicable federal, state and local codes and regulations.
Our ammonia system is protected from major releases by internal excess flow valves, check valves, relief valves, and manual shut-offs. The load-out risers use
d for the purpose of filling the nurse tanks are protected by excess flow valves to stop the flow of ammonia if a line or hose fails. All main storage tank valves are locked when not in use.
Our ammonia facility is inspected on a regular basis with maintenance and preventative maintenance scheduled and documented. Liquid and vapor valves, hoses, excess flow, valves, guages, and relief valves are replaced when necessary and according to the guidelines in the ANSI standards.
Training is provided to all employees at least annually, whenever there is change in the process, or whenever competency with the regulations is questioned. The training consists of classroom lecture, current videos, testing and certification, and on the job training.
FIVE YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY
There have been no accidents involving anhydrous ammonia that caused deaths, injuries, property or environmental damage, including evaluations on or off site.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM:
In the event of an emergency i
nvolving our ammonia system, it is our policy to notify the local community fire department and request that they respond to the emergency. In preparation for this, we have coordinated with all of the local agencies by providing information and offering tours to ensure that they are familiar with and are properly prepared for an incident in our facility. This will help ensure that the community has the strategy for responding to and mitigating the threat posed by an ammonia release. This complies with the requirement for our facility to be included in the community emergency response plan prepared under EPCRA and coordinated with our LEPC.
Johnston Grain has an Emergency Response and Contigency Plan for our facilities that include provisions for public notification, initial medical care, evacuations and LEPC coordination.
PLANNED CHANGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY
We do not plan to make any changes to the physical site. We will continue to provide oue employees with ongoing annual traini
ng to ensure that they are current with safe ammonia transfer and handling procedures. We will also provide regular inspection and maintenance on all of the ammonia equipment.