Beef Products, Inc. Amarillo TX - Executive Summary
A Risk Management Program (RMP) has been developed and prepared for use and storage of anhydrous ammonia for the refrigeration system at the Beef Products, Inc. Plant in Amarillo, Texas. The Risk Management Program (RMP) meets and addresses the requirements of Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 68. |
This Executive Summary briefly describes the following elements:
The accidental release prevention and emergency response policies at the stationary source;
The stationary source and regulated substances handled;
The worst-case release scenario(s) and the alternative release scenario(s), including administrative controls and mitigation measures to limit the distances for each reported scenario;
The general accidental release prevention program and chemical-specific prevention steps;
The five-year accident history;
The emergency response program; and
Planned changes to improve safety.
To address concerns of an accidental release prevention and emergency response, all plant and
field personnel are trained in ammonia emergency response procedures and use of appropriate protective equipment. Refresher training and emergency response drills are conducted on a periodic basis to ensure personnel are equipped, trained, prepared, and practiced in responding to ammonia emergencies.
As a result of information gathered during preparation of this Risk Management Program, Beef Products Inc. (BPI) is committing additional resources to further increase employee awareness and equipment reliability and to establish operator training and preventive maintenance programs. As a demonstration of the BPI's high degree of commitment to public safety and service, BPI is taking action to decrease the risk of ammonia exposure to the public by implementing recommendations made during the Process Hazards Analysis and Off-site Consequence Analysis.
Anhydrous ammonia is used as a refrigerant in the BPI facility refrigeration system. The liquid is circulated as needed to the air un
its, shell and tube chillers or the CO2 Liquefing systems where heat is absorbed and removed from the medium. The anhydrous ammonia refrigeration system is a closed loop industrial refrigeration system. The ammonia is not used or mixed in any manner with other chemical processes.
A "Worst-Case Scenario Offsite Consequence Analysis" and an "Alternative Scenario Offsite Consequence Analysis" were performed identifying the public and environmental receptors within the toxic endpoint concentration radius of 200 ppm. The results are mitigated by the fact that all the vessels and majority of the piping are inside the facility's building.
Emergency response is discussed in Section 5 of the RMP. Beef Products, Inc.. has a detailed Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for their facility The purpose of this plan is to provide the means for rapidly determining the appropriate response for any emergency that may develop at the facility such as an accidental release of anhydrous ammonia. BPI con
ducts scheduled drills of the emergency response plan.
A five year accident history report has not been prepared since this is a new facility. To prevent and/or minimize any potential future release of anhydrous ammonia, BPI is implementing a detailed Process Safety Management program (Preventative Program 3). The Preventative Program 3 provides an extensive maintenance and operator/mechanic training to ensure the system's mechanical integrity is maintained for the life of the covered process. Program 3 also incorporates administrative controls when modifications are made to the covered process (ammonia refrigeration system), so the training and preventative programs are updated as the system expands and changes.
Beef Products, Inc. will incorporate or address any recommendations resulting from the Process Hazard Analysis, Offsite Consequences, incident investigations and program audits. The flexibility of the program allows BPI to respond effectively to prevent or minimize
any potential of exposing BPI employees, the surrounding public, and/or the environment to a release of anhydrous ammonia.