Chem Gro, Inc. - Executive Summary
1. The Facility Policy: The owners, management, and employees of Chem Gro, Inc. are committed to the prevention of any accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia by utilization of proper equipment, regular inspections and maintenance and training of all persons that work with the material. Should an accidental release occur, the facility has orientated the local fire department and the local emergency planning committee so they can plan for response to any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment. |
2. Facility Information: The primary activity at the facility is the storage of anhydrous ammonia for sale to farmers. Anhydrous ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for direct application as a crop production nutrient. The maximum quanity stored would be 140,196 lbs. in the facilities two tanks. The capacities of these two tanks are one 18,000 gal. and one 12,000 gal. tank.
3. The worst-case release scenario would be the release of the t
otal contents of the storage tanks released as a gas over 10 minutes. The maximum quantity released would be 140,196 pounds, which represents the volume of the storage tanks at 85 percent capacity as limited by design standards and company procedures. The distance to the endpoint of dispersion based on the model used is 2.76 miles.
The alternative-case release scenario is assumed to be a release from the rupture of a two inch transfer hose, with a 11,908 pound released over 2 minutes. The distance to the endpoint of dispersion is 1.18 miles.
4. The accidental release program: The facility complies with the Rules and Regulations relating to The Handling o Anhydrous Ammonia and Low Pressure Nitarogen Solutions, Equipment, Containers and Storage Facilities. These regulations administered by eh Illinois Department of Agriculture are consistent with ANSI K61.1 and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.111 regarding storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia.
5. The Five-year Accident History
e have been no accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia for the covered process in the past five years that have caused any deaths, injuries, or significant property damage on site; nor to our knowledge, have any accidental releases 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 and provide state and local authorities the emergency planning and community right-to-know information as required under SARA Title III of EPCRA. Our emergency response action plan has been reviewed with the local fire department and provided to the local emergency planning committee for coordination in the community response planning.
7. Planned changes to improve safety: Safety improvements is an on-going process at the facility. Periodic evaluations are performed to assess the maintenance of safe practices
and operations. There are no additional specific anhydrous ammonia safety recommendations for implementation at this time.