Sun Ag Inc. - Executive Summary
1. The Facility Policy: The owners, management, and employees of Sun Ag 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
2. Facility Information: The primary activity at the facility is the storage for sale to
farmers. Anhydrous Ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for direct application as
a crop production nutrient. The maximum quantity stored would be 138,000 pounds in
the facility's one tank.
3. The worst-case release scenario would be the release of the total contents of the
storage tank released as a gas over ten minutes. The maximum quantity released woul
2000 pounds, which represents the volume of the storage tank 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 miles.
The alternative-case release scenario is assumed to be a release from the rupture of a 180
inch transfer hose, with 40 pounds released over 2 minutes. The distance to the endpoint
of dispersion is .32 miles.
4. The accidental release program: The facility complies with the Rules and Regulations
relating to The Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia and Low Pressure Nitrogen Solutions,
Equipment, Containers and Storage Facilities. These regulations administered by the
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: There have been no accidental releases of anhydrous
ammonia for the covered process in the past five years that have caused an
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