PC LTD-Agrenta Branch - Executive Summary

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Argenta Branch 
Rt. 1, Box 301 
Argenta, IL  62501 
Risk Management Plan 
1. The Facility Policy 
The owners, management, and employees of PC LTD, are committed to the prevention of any accidental release of anhydrous ammonia.  If an accidental release should occur, the facility is prepared to work with the Argenta/Oreana Fire Dept., Macon Co. Emergency Planning Committe or other authorities, to mitigate any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment. 
2. Stationary Sources and Regulated Substances 
The primary activity at the facility is the storage and blending of fertilizers, farm chemicals and related agricultural products, for sale to the farmer. 
The maximum quantity of Anhydrous Ammonia stored would be 48000 gallons (or 224314 lbs.) in our storage tank(s), consisting of 1-30,000 gal. and 1-18,000 gal. Ammonia Storage Tanks. The maximum quantity handled in the largest tank would be the 1-30,000 gal. Ammonia Storage Tank h 
olding 140196 pounds. 
3. The Worst-Case Release Scenario and the Alternative Release Scenario. 
Worse-Case:  The worse-case scenario would be the release of the total contents of a storage tank (or rail tank car) released as a gas over 10 minutes.  The maximum quantity released would be 140196 pounds, which represents the volume of the largest storage tank at 85% capacity as limited by design standards.  The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 1.6 miles, which would encompass an area of 8.04 sq. miles, with the potential of impacting approximately 95 souls in the surrounding area. 
Alternative Case:  The alternative release scenario is based on the five-year accident history (or the most likely potential incident) is a release from a break in a 2 inch Diameter transfer hose.  The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 0.6 miles, which would encompass an area of 1.13 sq. miles, with the potential of impacting approximately 16 souls in the  
surrounding area. 
4. The Accidental Release Prevention Program 
This facility has implemented the provisions of "Safety Requirements for the Storage and Handling of Anhydours 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 
There have been no accidental releases of Anhydrous Ammonia (from our fixed sources) in the past five years that: have caused deaths, injuries, or significant property damage at this facility; nor to our knowledge, have resulted in offsite deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damages.  
6. The Emergency Response Program 
This facility has a current Emergency Action Plan ( in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1910.38) in place and has coordinated this program with  Steve Ekiss of Argenta/Oreana Fire Dep 
t. and with Phillip Amello of Macon Co. Emergency Planning Committe.  We train our staff on the elements found in our response program (in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1910.120) and have invited the fire department to visit our facility in order to provide them with a working knowledge of our plant's layout and our storage facility. This facility has provided state and local authorities the emergency planning and community right-to-know information as required under SARA Title III (EPCRA). 
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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