Sartomer Company, Inc. - Executive Summary

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Executive Summary for 
Sartomer Company, Inc. - Houston Facility 
1.    Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies 
We at Sartomer Company - Houston Facility are strongly committed to employee, public and environmental safety.  This commitment is inherent to a comprehensive accidental release prevention program in place 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 Norsolene resin manufacturing.  Norsolene is an aromatic hydrocarbon resin.  We have 2 regulated substances present at our facility.  These substances include Boron trifluoride [Borane, trifluoro-] and 1,3-Pentadiene. Boron trifluoride [Borane, trifluoro-] is used as the catalyst for the Norsolene 
production and is reacted to form less hazardous compounds prior to removal from the resin.  1,3-Pentadiene is used as a hydrocarbon feedstock, which is polymerized with other feedstocks to form the Norsolene resin. 
Boron trifluoride [Borane, trifluoro-] is present at our facility in a maximum quantity of 12000 lb. (8x 1500 lb. Tubes) while the maximum inventory of 1,3-Pentadiene at our facility is 100000.00 lb. 
3.    The Worst Case Release Scenario(s) and the Alternative Release Scenario(s), including administrative controls and mitigation measures to limit the distances for each reported scenario 
To evaluate the worst case scenarios, we have used the look-up tables, RMP*Comp Software and equations provided by the EPA in the RMP Offsite Consequence Analysis Guidance as well as Equations from Appendix D of the EPA's Offsite Consequence Analysis Guidance.  For alternative release scenario analyses, we have employed the equations provided by the EPA in the RMP Offsite Consequence Analysi 
s Guidance.  The following paragraphs provide details of the chosen scenarios. 
The worst case release scenario submitted for Program 3 toxic substances as a class involves a catastrophic release from one tube container.  The scenario involves the release of 1500 lb. of Boron trifluoride [Borane, trifluoro-] in a gaseous form over 10 minutes.  
One alternative release scenario submitted for Program 3 toxic substances involves a release from a 3/8" ID pipe connected to a single tube container.  The release is assumed to result in a Gas Release.  The scenario involves the release of 1500 lb. of Boron trifluoride [Borane, trifluoro-] in a gaseous form over 5.7 minutes.  No passive mitigation controls such as dikes are taken into account to calculate the scenario.  
The worst case release scenario submitted for Program 3 flammable substances as a class involves a catastrophic release from a Storage Tank in the Resin Process process.  The scenario involves the release of 100000 lb. of 1,3-Pe 
ntadiene.  Passive mitigation systems such as dikes have been considered when evaluating this scenario.  It is assumed that the entire quantity is released as a vapor, which finds an ignition source, with 10 percent of the released quantity participating in a vapor cloud explosion.  
Another alternative release scenario submitted for Program 3 flammable substances involves a release from Storage Tank in the Resin Process.  The release is assumed to result in a Vapor Cloud Fire.  The scenario involves the release of 67,500 lb. of 1,3-Pentadiene in 60 minutes.  Passive mitigation controls such as dikes are taken into account to calculate the scenario.  
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.  The resin process at our facility is subject to the OSHA PSM standard under 29 CFR 1910.119.  
  The following sections briefly describe the elements of the release prevention program that is in place at our stationary source. 
Process Safety Information 
Sartomer Company - Houston Facility maintains a detailed record of safety information that describes 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 HAZOP (Hazard and Operability) and is supplemented with checklists.  The studies are undertaken by a team of qualified personnel with expertise in engineering and process operations and are revalidated at a regular interval within 5 years.  Any findings related to the hazard analysis are addressed in a timely manner. 
Operating Procedures 
For the purposes of safely conducting activities within our covered processes, Sart 
omer Company - Houston Facility 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. 
Sartomer Company - Houston Facility 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.  Refresher training is provided at least every 3 years and more frequently as needed. 
Mechanical Integrity 
Sartomer Company - Houston Facility 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 Sartomer Company - Houston Facility to manage changes in process chemicals, technology, equipment and procedures.  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 Sartomer Company - Houston Facility.  These reviews are conducted to confirm that construction, equipment, operating and maint 
enance procedures are suitable for safe startup prior to placing equipment into operation. 
Compliance Audits 
Sartomer Company - Houston Facility conducts audits on a regular basis to determine whether the provisions set out under the RMP rule are being implemented.  These audits are carried out at least every 3 years and any corrective actions required as a result of the audits are undertaken in a safe and prompt manner. 
Incident Investigation 
Sartomer Company - Houston Facility 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 
Sartomer Company - Houston Facility truly believes that process safety management and accident prevention is a team effort.  Company employe 
es 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 company 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.  Sartomer Company - Houston Facility 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 
Sartomer Company - Houston Facility has had an excellent record of preventing accidental releases over the last 5 yea 
rs.  Due to our stringent release prevention policies, the number of accidental releases was reduced to the minimum. 
There has been no accidental releases of regulated substances from our facility within the last 5 years.  
6.    Emergency Response Plan 
Sartomer Company - Houston Facility 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, evacuations, 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. 
Harris County is the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) with which our emergency plan has been coor 
dinated 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. The item completion is followed through a continuous safety audit. 
8. Certification Statement 
The undersigned certifies that to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief, formed after reasonable inquiry, the information submitted is true, accurate and complete. 
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