Gibson Farmers Cooperative - Executive Summary
Gibson Farmers Cooperative |
P.O. Box 303
Dyer TN 38330-0303
For further information contact: Terry Dinton, Plant Manager
Risk Management Plan - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1. The Facility Policy
The owners, management, and employees of Gibson Farmers Cooperative are committed to the prevention of any accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia. If an accidental release should occur, the facility is prepared to work with the local fire company, or other authorities, to mitigate any releases and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment.
2. Facility Information
- The primary activity at the facility is the storage and blending of fertilizers for sale to farmers.
- Anhydrous ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for both direct application and for blending into mixed-grade fertilizers for crop production nutrients.
- The maximum quantity stored would be 93,000 pounds in our 20,000 gallon tank(s). The maximum quantity handled would be the unloading of a rail
tank car holding 150,000 pounds.
3. The worst-case release scenario and the alternative release scenario.
a. The worst-case release scenario would be the release of the total contents of a storage tank (or tank car) released as a gas over 10 minutes. The maximum quantity released would be 93,000 pounds which represents the volume of the largest storage tank at 85 percent capacity as limited by design standards. The distant to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 2.0 miles
b. The alternative release scenario based on the five-year accident history (or the most likely potential incident) is a release from a break in a transfer hose. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is .83 miles.
4. The accidental release prevention program.
The facility has implemented the provisions of "Safety Requirements for the storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia, K-61.1", published by The American National Standards Institute, Inc., and the standards of the U
.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1019.111, "Storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia".
5. The Five-year Accident History
There have been no accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia in the past five years that:
- Have caused any deaths, injuries, of significant property damage at the facility; nor to our knowledge, have resulted in offsite deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage.
6. The emergency response program.
The facility has:
- A written emergency action plan, in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.38
- Provided state and local authorities the emergency planning and community right-to know information as required under SARA Title III (EPCRA)
- A written emergency response program, in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.120, including pre-emergency planning and employee training.
7. 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 anhydrous ammonia safety recommendations for implementation at this time.