Jody Cold Storage - Executive Summary

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1.    Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies 
We at Jody Cold Storage are strongly committed to employee, public and  
environmental safety.  This commitment is demonstrated by our  
comprehensive accidental release prevention program that covers areas  
such as design, installation, operating procedures, maintenance, and  
employee training associated with the processes at our facility.  It is  
our policy to implement appropriate controls to prevent possible  
releases of regulated substances. 
2.    The Stationary Source and the Regulated Substances Handled 
Our facility's primary activities encompass Cold Storage of Packaged  
Fresh Fruit.  We have 1 regulated substances present at our facility.   
These substances include  and Ammonia (anhydrous).  Ammonia (anhydrous)  
is used for fresh fruit refrigeration. 
3.    The Worst Case Release Scenario(s) and the Alternative Release  
), including administrative controls and mitigation measures  
to limit the distances for each reported scenario 
To evaluate the worst case scenarios, we have used the EPA's  
RMP*Comp(TM).  For alternative release scenario analyses we have  
employed the EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations.  The  
following paragraphs provide details of the chosen scenarios. 
The worst case release scenario submitted for Program 2 and 3 toxic  
substances as a class involves a catastrophic release from Liquid  
Ammonia Cold Storage Facility.  In this scenario 990 lb. of Ammonia  
(anhydrous) is released.  The toxic liquid released is assumed to form a  
1 cm deep pool from which evaporation takes place.  The entire pool is  
estimated to evaporate over 10 minutes.  At Class F atmospheric  
stability and 1.5 m/s windspeed, the maximum distance of 0.4 miles is  
obtained corresponding to a toxic endpoint of 0.14 mg/L. 
The alternative release scenario for Ammonia (anhydrous) involves a  
ase from Liquid Ammonia Cold Storage Facility.  The scenario  
involves the release of 100 lb. of .  Toxic liquid is assumed to be  
released to form a 1 cm deep pool from which evaporation takes place.   
The entire pool is estimated to have evaporated after 10 minutes.  Under  
neutral weather conditions, the maximum distance to the toxic endpoint  
of 0.14 mg/L of Ammonia (anhydrous) is 0.06 miles. 
4.    The General Accidental Release Prevention Program and the  
Chemical-Specific Prevention Steps 
Our facility has taken all the necessary steps to comply with the  
accidental release prevention requirements set out under 40 CFR part 68  
of the EPA.  This facility was designed and constructed in accordance  
with NFPA-58 Standard, 1967 Edition.    The following sections briefly  
describe the elements of the release prevention program that is in place  
at our stationary source. 
Process Safety Information 
Jody Cold Storage maintains a detailed record of safety information that  
es the chemical hazards, operating parameters and equipment  
designs associated with all processes. 
Process Hazard Analysis 
Our facility conducts comprehensive studies to ensure that hazards  
associated with our processes are identified and controlled efficiently.  
The methodology used to carry out these analyses is State Environmental  
Agency.  Any findings related to the hazard analysis are addressed in a  
timely manner.  The most recent PHA/update was performed on 02/20/1998. 
Operating Procedures 
For the purposes of safely conducting activities within our covered  
processes, Jody Cold Storage maintains written operating procedures.   
These procedures address various modes of operation such as initial  
startup, normal operations, temporary operations, emergency shutdown,  
emergency operations, normal shutdown and startup after a turnaround.   
The information is regularly reviewed and is readily accessible to  
operators involved in the processes. 
Jody Cold Storage 
has a comprehensive training program in place to  
ensure that employees who are operating processes are competent in the  
operating procedures associated with these processes.   
Mechanical Integrity 
Jody Cold Storage carries out highly documented maintenance checks on  
process equipment to ensure proper operations.  Process equipment  
examined by these checks includes among others; pressure vessels,  
storage tanks, piping systems, relief and vent systems, emergency  
shutdown systems, controls and pumps.  Maintenance operations are  
carried out by qualified personnel with previous training in maintenance  
practices.  Furthermore, these personnel are offered specialized  
training as needed.  Any equipment deficiencies identified by the  
maintenance checks are corrected in a safe and timely manner. 
Management of Change 
Written procedures are in place at Jody Cold Storage to manage changes  
in process chemicals, technology, equipment and procedures.  The most  
recent review/re 
vision of maintenance procedures was performed on  
03/01/1999.  Process operators, maintenance personnel or any other  
employee whose job tasks are affected by a modification in process  
conditions are promptly made aware of and offered training to deal with  
the modification. 
Pre-startup Reviews 
Pre-start up safety reviews related to new processes and to  
modifications in established processes are conducted as a regular  
practice at Jody Cold Storage.  The most recent review was performed on  
04/06/1999.  These reviews are conducted to confirm that construction,  
equipment, operating and maintenance procedures are suitable for safe  
startup prior to placing equipment into operation. 
Compliance Audits 
Jody Cold Storage conducts audits on a regular basis to determine  
whether the provisions set out under the RMP rule are being implemented.  
The most recent comliance audit was conducted on 02/20/1998.  These  
audits are carried out at least every 3 years and any corrective a 
required as a result of the audits are undertaken in a safe and prompt  
Incident Investigation 
Jody Cold Storage promptly investigates any incident that has resulted  
in, or could reasonably result in a catastrophic release of a regulated  
substance.  These investigations are undertaken to identify the  
situation leading to the incident as well as any corrective actions to  
prevent the release from reoccurring.  All reports are retained for a  
minimum of 5 years. 
Employee Participation 
Jody Cold Storage truly believes that process safety management and  
accident prevention is a team effort.  Company employees are strongly  
encouraged to express their views concerning accident prevention issues  
and to recommend improvements.  In addition, our employees have access  
to all information created as part of the facility's implementation of  
the RMP rule, including information resulting from process hazard  
analyses in particular. 
On occasion, our com 
pany hires contractors to conduct specialized  
maintenance and construction activities.  Prior to selecting a  
contractor, a thorough evaluation of safety performance of the  
contractor is carried out.  Jody Cold Storage has a strict policy of  
informing the contractors of known potential hazards related the  
contractor's work and the processes.  Contractors are also informed of  
all the procedures for emergency response should an accidental release  
of a regulated substance occur. 
5.    Five-year Accident History 
Jody Cold Storage has had an excellent record of preventing accidental  
releases over the last 5 years.  Due to our stringent release prevention  
policies, there has been no accidental release during this period. 
6.    Emergency Response Plan 
Jody Cold Storage carries a written emergency response plan to deal with  
accidental releases of hazardous materials.  The plan includes all  
aspects of emergency response including adequate first aid and medical  
treatment, evacua 
tions, notification of local emergency response  
agencies and the public, as well as post-incident decontamination of  
affected areas. 
To ensure proper functioning, our emergency response equipment is  
regularly inspected and serviced.  In addition, the plan is promptly  
updated to reflect any pertinent changes taking place within our  
processes that would require a modified emergency response. 
Region 5 is the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) with which our  
emergency plan has been coordinated and verified. 
7.    Planned Changes to Improve Safety 
Several developments and findings have resulted from the implementation  
of the various elements of our accidental release prevention program.           
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