Ostrander Farmers' Co-op-Chester - Executive Summary
For further information contact: Kevin Rugaard, Agronomy Manager |
Risk Management Plan- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1. The Facility Policy
The owners, management, and employees of Ostrander Farmers' Co-op (Chester Location) 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 department, or other authorities, to mitigate any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and environment.
2. Facility Information.
- The primary activity at the facility is the storage and blending of fertilizers for sale to farmers.
- Anhydrous ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for direct soil application for crop
- The maximum quantity stored would be 55,000 pounds in our one 12,000 gal storage tank. The
maximum quantity handled would be the unloading of a semi tank car holding 44,000 pounds.
3. The worst-case rel
ease scenario and the alternative release scenario.
a. The worst-case release 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 55,000 pounds which represents the volume of the storage tank at 85 percent capacity as limited by design standards. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 220 ppm) is 1.12 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 220 ppm) is .78 miles.
4. The accident 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), CF
111, "Storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia".
5. The Five-year Accident History.
a. There have been no accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia in the past five years that:
- have caused any deaths, injures, or significant property damage at the facility; nor
- to our knowledge, have resulted in offsite deaths, injures, evacuations, sheltering in place,
or environmental damage.
6. The emergency response program.
- The facility has:
a. A written action plan, in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 CRF 1910.38;
b. Provided state and local authorities the emergency planning and community right-to-know
information as required under SARA Title 111 (EPCRA).
c. A written emergency response program, in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 CRF 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 maintena
nce of safe conditions. There are no additional specific anhydrous ammonia
safety recommendations for implementation at this time.