SweetwaterCreek Gas Plant - Executive Summary

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1.    Executive Summary (40 CFR 68.155) 
The Executive Summary is a brief description of the Risk Management Plan (RMP). Northcrest Resources, Ltd will submit the Executive Summary to a central point as specified by the Environmental Protection Agency.  
1.1    Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies {40 CFR 68.155(a)). 
Northcrest Resources' accidental release prevention policy involves a unified approach that integrates procedures and management practices. Applicable procedures of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Prevention Program are adhered to. Northcrest Resources' emergency response policy involves the preparation of response plans that are tailored to the facility and to the emergency response services available in the community, and is in compliance with the EPA Emergency Response Program requirements. 
Northcrest Resources' spill policy seeks to implement appropriate controls to prevent accidental releases of regulated substances. If such a relea 
se does occur, the Facility personnel are prepared to work with the local fire department, Local Emergency Planning Commission, and other authorities to control and mitigate the effects of the release. 
1.2    Stationary Source and Regulated Substance Handled (40 CFR 68.155(b)) 
The primary activity at Northcrest Resources' Sweetwater Creek Facility, herein referenced as the stationary source and the Facility, is the handling and storage of natural gas liquids (NGL). As part of the facility operation, natural gas liquids (NGL) are stored on site, and sold to a petroleum refiner. The flammable regulated chemical mixture at the Facility is Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) that is an aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbon mixture. The flammable regulated chemicals contained in the mixture include ethane, propane, isobutane, N-butane, isopentane and N-pentane. These regulated flammable chemicals have a regulated threshold quantity of 10,000 pounds (lbs.). The maximum inventory of NGL is two 60,000-gallon 
bulk storage tanks, which contains an average 270,000 lbs. of regulated flammable chemicals each. 
1.3.     Worst Case Release Scenario and Alternative Release Scenario (40 CFR 68.155)) 
Methodology given in the RMP Offsite Consequence Analysis Guidance by the EPA was applied using the RMP-COMP model approach to perform worst-case release scenario (WCRS) and alternative release scenario (ARS). 
The WCRS submitted for Program 3 flammable substances assumed the release was the total quantity of one60,000-gallon bulk storage tank which forms a vapor cloud within the lower and upper flammability limits, and the cloud detonates. For flammable substances, the endpoint is overpressure of 1 pound per square inch (psi) for vapor cloud explosions. 
Using the flammable endpoint of 1 psi overpressure the distance to the endpoint indicated that the Facility has offsite consequences from the WCRS. 
After considering possible ARSs, a release involving a pool fire of the NGL condensate from a failure of  
a 2-inch steel pipe connected to the NGL bulk storage tank was selected. The ARS distance to endpoint for the above-described release was calculated at 0.2 miles from the Facility. 
Using the flammable endpoint of 1 psi overpressure the distance to the endpoint indicated that the Facility has no offsite consequences from the ARS. 
1.4.     The General Accidental Release Prevention Program and the Chemical Specific Prevention Steps (40 CFR 68.155(d)) 
Northcrest Resources' Facility has taken the necessary steps to comply with the accidental release prevention requirements of 40 CFR 68. This Facility was designed and constructed in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations as listed in the RMP. The following sections briefly describe the elements of the release prevention program that are in place at the stationary source. 
1.4.1.     Process Safety Information and Hazard Review 
Northcrest Resources, Ltd maintains a written Emergency Response Plan regarding safety information  
that describes the chemical hazards associated with regulated substances at the Facility. Further safety information is also detailed in the RMP. In addition, operating procedures and equipment design codes and standards associated with the operations at the Facility are maintained in the RMP on site. The Facility conducts safety inspections to identify and control the hazards associated with the process. Northcrest Resources inspects the bulk storage vessels, pipes, valves, gauges, and pumps on a regular basis. Any findings related to the hazard analysis are addressed in a timely manner. 
1.4.2.     Operating Procedures 
For the purposes of safely conducting activities at the Facility associated with regulated substances, Northcrest Resources, Ltd maintains written operating procedures. These procedures address various modes of operation such as initial startup, normal operations, emergency shutdown, emergency operations, normal shutdown and startup after an emergency shutdown. The infor 
mation is reviewed as needed and is readily accessible to operators involved with the processes. 
1.4.3.     Training 
Northcrest Resources has an operator safety-training program in place to train employees involved in the process. New employees receive basic training in process operations followed by on-the job supervision until they are deemed competent to work independently. Refresher training is provided annually and more frequently as needed. In addition, employees not operating the process are involved in safety training on the hazards associated with the regulated substances at the Facility. 
1.4.4.     Maintenance Procedures 
Northcrest Resources, Ltd performs maintenance checks on the Facility equipment to ensure proper functions. Qualified personnel carry out maintenance operations. Equipment deficiencies identified by the maintenance checks are corrected in a safe and timely manner. 
When outside contractors are required for maintenance and construction activities, those personne 
l are accompanied by Northcrest Resources, Ltd employees or are briefed by the area supervisor on the rules, regulations, and emergency procedures outlined in the Emergency Response Plan before initiating work. 
1.4.5. Compliance Audits 
Northcrest Resources, Ltd conducts audits on a regular basis to determine whether the provisions of the RMP rule are being implemented. These audits are performed at least every 3 years as required by 40 CFR 68. Corrective actions required as a result of the audits are undertaken in a safe and prompt manner. 
1.4.6.     Incident Investigation 
Northcrest Resources, Ltd promptly investigates any incident that has resulted in, or could have reasonably resulted in a catastrophic release of a regulated substance. These investigations are performed to identify the situation leading to the incident as well as any corrective actions to prevent the release from reoccurring. Reports are retained for a minimum of 5 years. 
1.5.     Five-year Accident History (40 CFR 6 
The Facility is new and therefore has not had a reportable accident of covered processes in the five years previous to June 21, 1999, the effective date of the RMP regulation. 
1.6.    Emergency Response Program (40 CFR 68.155(f)) 
The Facility has an Emergency Response Program. The Emergency Response Plan describes response procedures to minimize hazards to human health and the environment in the event of a regulated substance accidental release. Aspects of emergency response include adequate first aid and medical treatment, evacuations, notification of local emergency response agencies and the public, as well as post-incident cleanup of affected areas. In the event of a covered process accident, first aid procedures and procedures to inform authorities and the public are described in the Emergency Response Plan. A general emergency practice drill will be performed at least annually and includes an invitation to the local authorities. A site map, MSDSs, and a list of chemicals 
kept on the site are kept at the Facility. 
1.7.     Planned Changes to Improve Safety (40 CFR 68.155(g)) 
Maintenance checks, compliance audits, management of change procedures and incident investigations will identify changes to improve safety. Northcrest Resources has a continued commitment to update equipment and improve safety regarding the covered process when necessary.
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