WHITE CLOUD GRAIN CO., INC. - Hiawatha - Executive Summary
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Risk Management Plan - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1. The Facility Policy
The owners, management, and employees of White Cloud Grain Co., Inc.
(Hiawatha) 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 blending of fertilizers for
sale to farmer.
- Anhydrous ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for both direct
application and for blending into mixed-grade fertilizers for crop production nutrients.
- The maximum quantity stored would be 51,000 pounds in our 12,000 gallon
3. The worst-case release scenario and the alternative release scenario
The worst-case release scenario would be the release of the total contents
of a storage tank released as a gas over 10 minutes. The maximum quantity released
would be 51,000 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 1.01 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 .6 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 U. S. Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.111, "Storage and handling of
5. The Five-year Accident History
There have been no accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia in the past
five years that:
- have caused any deaths, injuries, or significant property damage at the
- to our knowledge, have resulted in offsite 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 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.