Willard Grain & Feed, Inc. - Victoria - Executive Summary
The owners, management, and employees of Willard Grain & Feed, Inc. are committed to the prevention of any accidental release of anhydrous ammonia. If an accidental release should occur, the facility is prepared to work with the local fire department to control any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment. |
The primary activity at the facility is the storage of fertilizers for the sale to other retailers and to farmers. Anhydrous ammonia sold to other retail locations is loaded from storage tanks and trucked to these locations. Anhydrous ammonia sold to farmers is for direct application. The maximum amount of product stored would be 1100000 pounds. The facility has eight 30000 gallon storage tanks.
The worst case release scenario would be the release of 130000 pounds, the total content of a 30000 gallon storage tank, released as a gas over a 10 minute time period. The distance to the point of dispersion to 200 ppm is 6.9 miles. The alternative relea
se scenario is based on a break in a transfer hose and a failure of the excess flow valves so that the release must be stopped by a manual process. The distance to the point of dispersion to 200 ppm is 1.3 miles.
The general accidental release prevention program has basically four major components: inventory, inspections, maintenance, and training. Inventory is taken daily to monitor quantity of ammonia. Storage facilities and loading systems are inspected daily to ensure proper working order. All hoses, valves, gauges, piping, and storage tanks receive routine maintenance and are replaced to keep up to date and in proper condition. Employees receive proper training on operational and safety procedures.
Do to the attention placed on safety no reportable accidents have occurred in the last five year period.
Emergency response is coordinated with the local fire department. In case of an accidental release, facility personnel is trained to shut off flow to stop release of ammonia. Fro
m this point facility personnel will not respond to a release of ammonia. Nine one one (911) emergency will be contacted so that the qualified authorities can coordinate the emergency response.
Safety improvement is a continuing process. Periodic evaluations are performed to assess safety at the facility. There are no additional specific safety recommendations to implement at this time.