Barnard Grain Company - Executive Summary
1. The Facility Policy |
The owners, management, and employees of Barnard Grain Company (the facility) 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 company, or other authorities, to mitigate any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment.
2. Facility information.
- The primary activity at the facility is the storage and distribution of fertilizers for sale to farmers.
- Anhydrous ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for the direct application for crop production nutrients.
- The maximum quantity stored would be 78,795 pounds in our 18,000 gallon storage tank. The maximum quantity handled would be the unloading of a semi truck holding 40,000 pounds.
3. The worst-case release scenario and the alternative release scenario.
a. The worst-case scenario would be the release of the total contents of a storage tank
(or tank car) released as a gas over 10 minutes. The maximum quantity released would be 78,795 pounds, which represents the volume of the largest storage tank at 85 percent capacity as limited by design standards. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is .83 miles.
b. The alternative release scenario based on the five-year accident history (or the 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 .22 miles.
4. The accidental release prevention program.
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 US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.111, "Storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia."
5. The Five-year Accident History
a. The have been no accidental releases of am
monia in the past five years that:
- have caused any deaths, injuries, or significant property damage at the facility; nor
- to our knowledge, have resulted in off-site deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage.
6. The emergency response program.
- The facility has:
a. a written emergency action plan, in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1910.38;
b. provided state and local authorities the emergency planning and community right-to-know information as required under SARA Title III (EPCRA).
c. a written emergency response program, in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1910.120, including pre-emergency planning and employee training.
7. Planned changes to improve safety.
Safety improvement is an ongoing 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.