Arthur Companies, Arthur - Executive Summary

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1 The Facility Policy 
    The owners, management, and employees of The Arthur Companies, Arthur 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 department, or other authorities, to mitigate any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment. 
2.  Facility information 
    Anhydrous ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for direct application. 
    The maximum quantity stored would be 238,000 lbs in a 30,000 gal tank and an 18,000 gal tank. 
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 the 30,000 gal tank released as a gas over 10 minutes.  The maximum quantity released would be 149,000 lbs, which represents the volume of the largest storage tank at 85 percent capacity as limited by design standards.  The distance to th 
e endpoint(point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 4.4 miles. 
b) The alternative release scenario based on the five-year accident history(or 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 .18 miles. 
4. 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 1910.111, "Storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia". 
5. The Five-year Accident History 
a) May 27, 1996:  500 lbs.  The fire department and our employees contained the incident immediately.  One customer was hospitalized.  No evacuations were necesssary. 
6.  The emergency response program 
- The facility has: 
a) provided state and local authorities the emergency planning and community right-to-know information as require 
d under SARA Title III (EPCRA) 
b) a written emergency response program, in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1910.120, including 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.
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