Pendleton Ag Service - Executive Summary
We are a fertilizer retail facility. The only material considered hazardous at this facility is anhydrous ammonia. Our facility has two 6,000 gallon tanks, equipment for receiving ammonia by rail and equipment for transferring ammonia from storage to nurse tanks for delivery to customers. It is our policy to meet, or exceed, all local, state, and national standards relating to handling ammonia. |
In the past five years, we have not had any accidents or releases with off-site consequences.
Specific safety features that we employ to minimize the impact of an accidental release include:
1. Excess flow valves to prevent flow from the tank if any hose or line breaks.
2. Pressure relief valves on the storage tank to prevent overpressuring and rupture of the tank.
3. Inspections by insurance loss control specialists to ensure that our equipment is maintained in a manner that ensures safe operation and prevents releases.
To further ensure safe operation of the facility, our employees are
trained in procedures for safe handling of hazardous materials, and in safe operating and maintenance procedures. We have also coordinated with the Troy Volunteer Fire Department to respond in the unlikely event of an emergency.
As required by the EPA, we have analyzed the worst-case release scenario defined by the EPA. This scenario involves a release of the entire contents of a storage tank. According to information supplied by the EPA a release according to this scenario would include Pendleton and the immediate surrounding area. No schools, hospitals, major commercial areas, or recreation areas would be effected.
It is extremely unlikely that an event such as EPA?s worst-case release scenario will ever occur. A more probable, but still highly unlikely event, would be an event like a hose break during a truck pull away. According to information supplied by the EPA, such a release would affect residences in the immediate vicinity, but would have no other effects.