Farmers Co-op Supply & Shipping Association - Executive Summary
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Clean Air Act Amendment, Section 112r
Farmers Co-op Supply & Shipping Association
ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE POLICIES
The owners, management and employees of Farmers Co-op Supply & Shipping Association are committed to the prevention of any accidental release of anhydrous ammonia. Farmers Co-op Supply & Shipping Association's policy is to adhere to all applicable Federal and State rules and regulation in order to:
1. Prevent unnecessary human exposure,
2. Reduce the threat to employees health, and
3. To reduce the threat to nearby members of the community.
Safety depends upon the manner in which an accidental release is handled, combined with the safety devices inherent in the design of the operation, the safe handling procedures used and the training of personnel.
Farmers Co-op Supply & Shipping Association complies with the provision of "Safety Requirements for Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia, K-61-1", pu
blished by The American National Standards Institute, Inc., and the standards of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.111, "Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia". Farmers Co-op Supply & Shipping Association's emergency response plan includes procedures for notification of the local fire authority, the LEPC and any potentially affected neighbors.
STATIONARY SOURCES AND REGULATED SUBSTANCES
At this facility, anhydrous ammonia is stored and distributed for resale to farmers and other customers.
Anhydrous ammonia is received by truck, and is stored in a 45,000-gallon tank. The anhydrous ammonia is distributed and used for direct application to farm fields.
The maximum amount of anhydrous ammonia that can be stored at this facility is 179,000 pounds (45,000 gallon tank times 4.67 pounds/gallon times 85%).
Worst case scenario - Failure of the 45,000-gallon tank when filled to 85% capacit
y would release 179,000 pounds. The anhydrous ammonia would be released as a gas over a 10-minute period (17,900 pounds per minute). The distance to the endpoint under urban conditions using RMP-Comp (toxic endpoint is 200 ppm) is 5.0 miles.
Alternate Scenario - A hose breaks resulting in a release of 6000 pounds. The release is stopped through human intervention in 2 minutes (3,000 lbs/min). The distance to the endpoint under urban condition is 0.4 miles.
GENERAL ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM AND THE SPECIFIC PREVENTION STEPS
This distribution facility complies with EPA's Accidental Release Rule and with all applicable state codes and regulations.
The anhydrous ammonia facility has implemented the provision of "Safety Requirements for Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia, K-61.1", published by The American National Standards Institute, Inc., and the standards of the U.S. Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.111, "Storage and Handling of A
FIVE-YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY
There have been no accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia in the past 5 years that have caused any death, injuries, or significant property damage at the facility; nor to our knowledge, have resulted in off site deaths, injuries, evacuation, sheltering in place, property damage or environmental damage.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM
This facility emergency response program is written in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.38. Farmers Co-op Supply & Shipping Association has discussed this program with the LEPC and local fire department. A representative of the local fire department has inspected the site.
PLANNED CHANGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY
Safety improvement is an on-going process at the facility. Periodic evaluations are performed to assess the maintenance of safe conditions. There are no additional specific safety recommendations for implementation.