Farmers Elevator Company - Bondurant NH3 - Executive Summary
ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION/EMERGENCY RESPONSE AT FARMERS ELEVATOR COMPANY, BONDURANT, IOWA. |
This facility complies with ANSI Standard K-61.1-1995 requirements for Anhydrous Ammonia storage. It is our policy to adhere to all applicable Federal, State, and local regulations. If an emergency were to occur, it is our policy to immediately notify the Bondurant Volunteer Fire Department (via a 911 call) and request that it respond to the emergency. Incidental to the notification to the fire department, a call to the Polk County, Iowa LEPC will be made.
While we have planned for an emergency, it is acknowledged that a real emergency will be unexpected and may very well be much different and cannot be ensured to duplicate what may have be planned. In reality, the situation that develops may not happen in the manner in which it has been planned. In that event, what may have been planned will serve only as a guideline to follow.
The Emergency Action Plan for this facility describes certain
procedures that are intended to minimize the hazards associated with human health and the environment from fires, explosions, the sudden and unexpected release of chemicals (i.e., Anhydrous Ammonia), tornadoes, bomb threats or other accidents or acts of God which might occur on our premises.
The primary emergency coordinator for the Bondurant, Iowa location is Jeff Nelson, general manager. His work and 24-hour emergency response telephone numbers are provided in the Registration Section of this document. In addition, the following individuals (with associated work and 24-hour emergency response telephone numbers) are to be contacted in order:
Jeff Nelson, general manager
WORK: (515) 967-4207
24-Hour: (515) 967-0262
Cellular: (515) 975-7758
Larry Haines, assistant manager
WORK: (515) 967-4207
24-hour: (515) 963-9420
John Bergeson, agronomy manager
WORK: (515) 967-4207
24-hour: (515) 967-6445
Cellular: (515) 238-3536
Pat Printy, Altoona location manager
WORK: (515) 967-4215
24-hour: (515) 967-3517
Dave Norton, 28% and NH3 superintendent
WORK: (515) 967-4207
24-hour: (515) 387-8651
DESCRIPTION OF THE ANHYDROUS AMMONIA STORAGE/DISTRIBUTION PLANT AND THE REGULATED SUBSTANCE HANDLED AT FARMERS ELEVATOR COMPANY, BONDURANT, IOWA:
This facility is a bulk anhydrous ammonia storage and distribution plant. The anhydrous ammonia that is stored at this facility is distributed to agricultural crop producers in the surrounding area who utilize the anhydrous amm
onia for crop nutrient purposes.
The system consists of ten (10) 30,000-gallon rail cars and one (1) 12,000-gallon storage tank with associated piping, valves, liquid pump(s), and other miscellaneous equipment. The anhydrous ammonia plant is only operated on a seasonal basis (Spring and Fall). Full-time equivalent employee numbers were computed on that basis. At a maximum, the plant operates a total of three months (1/4 of the year). The FTEs for this company location is one (1).
THE WORST-CASE AND ALTERNATIVE RELEASE SCENARIOS:
The worst-case scenario is the failure one (1) of the 30,000-gallon rail car storage tanks when filled to the greatest amount allowed (85% of capacity), resulting in the release of the total volume in a gaseous (hazardous ammonia vapor cloud) form. According to EPA's RMP*Comp Program (Version 1.06), the distance to the endpoint is 4.4 miles.
The alternative release scenario involves the transport delivery vehicle pulling away from the intake lines into
the storage plant without disconnecting the transfer hoses. The resulting release, according to EPA's RMP*Comp Program has a distance to endpoint of 0.1 miles.
Since this facility is located in relatively close proximity to the Town of Bondurant, the City of ALttona, the northwest corner of the Town of Mitchellville, and the unincorporated communities of Nobleton and Santiago, provisions have been designed to notify all affected persons. An evacuation plan is in place.
GENERAL ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM AND CHEMICAL-SPECIFIC PREVENTION STEPS:
This facility complies with EPA's accident prevention rule and all applicable State and local codes and regulations. The anhydrous ammonia system is designed, installed, and maintained in accordance with ANSI Standard K-61.1-1995 and State law.
In addition the company has specific operating procedures in place intended to minimize the potential for an accidental (and potentially catastrophic) release of anhydrous ammonia. Finally,
Farmers Elevator Company has extended to the Bondurant Volunteer Fire Department the opportunity to visit our anhydrous ammonia plant, to participate in mock emergency simulation training, and to avail themselves of specific anhydrous ammonia health hazard information and training provided by the company.
FIVE-YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY:
Farmers Elevator Company, Bondurant, Iowa has experienced one (1) accidental release involving anhydrous ammonia. The release occurred on August 26, 1997. The quantity released approximated 1985 pounds. The release occurred when the main discharge valve on one of the rail car storage tanks did not seal properly following transfer of product from that vessel to the 12,000-gallon storage tank from which anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks are filled and dispatched. No deaths, injuries, property or environmental damage, evacuations or shelterings in place were required. The Bondurant Volunteer Fire Department, company officials, and the Polk County Emergency Manag
ement Agency responded to the scene. With the assistance of the Bondurant Fire Department, an employee of Farmers Elevator Company donned appropriate personal protective equipment, entered the release site, and successfully closed the errant valve. Subsequent to the release, company personnel replaced the seal on the discharge valve.
THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM:
In the event of an emergency involving our anhydrous ammonia system, it is the policy of Farmers Elevator Company to immediately notify the Bondurant Volunteer Fire Department and the Polk County, Iowa LEPC to request that they respond to the emergency. In the unlikely event that the Bondurant Fire Department is unable to adequately respond to an emergency at our Bondurant location, the Volunteer Fire Department with whom Bondurant has a reciprocal agreement will be summoned. We have discussed this policy with the fire department and Polk County LEPC. Members of the fire department and the LEPC have inspected our anhydro
us ammonia plant. In addition, copies of photographs taken of our plant have been provided (for reference) to both entities.
PLANNED CHANGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY: