JohnVanCuren Rec,MerjanFarmlandsLLC(prev.Sunmet) - Executive Summary
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SYSTEM |
1. Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies:
We at John Van Curen Receiver, Merjan Farmlands LLC - Arvin Plant are strongly committed to employee, public and environmental safety. This commitment is demonstrated by our comprehensive accidental release prevention program that covers areas such as design, installation, operating procedures, maintenance, and employee training associated with the processes at our facility. It is our policy to implement appropriate controls to prevent possible releases of regulated substances.
2. The Stationary Source and the Regulated Substances Handled:
Our facility's primary activities encompass cold storage of fruit. We have 1 regulated substance present at our facility. This substance is Ammonia (anhydrous) and is used for our refrigeration system.
The maximum inventory of Ammonia (anhydrous) at our facility is 31000.00 lbs.
3. The Worst Case Release Scenarios and the Al
ternative Release Scenarios, including administrative controls and mitigation measures to limit the distances for each reported scenario:
To perform the required offsite consequence analysis for our facility, we have used the EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations. The following paragraphs provide details of the chosen scenarios.
The worst case release scenario submitted for Program 2 and 3 toxic substances as a class involves a catastrophic release from Ammonia refrigeration system. In this scenario 31000 lbs. of Ammonia (anhydrous) is released. The toxic liquid released is assumed to form a 1-cm deep pool from which evaporation takes place. The entire pool is estimated to evaporate over 10 minutes. At Class F atmospheric stability and 1.5 m/s windspeed, the maximum distance of 3.37 miles is obtained corresponding to a toxic endpoint of 0.14 mg/L.
The alternative release scenario for Ammonia (anhydrous) involves a release from Ammonia the refrigeration system. The sce
nario involves the release of 50 lbs. of Ammonia. Toxic liquid is assumed to be released to form a 1-cm deep pool from which evaporation takes place. The entire pool is estimated to have evaporated after 195 minutes. Under neutral weather conditions, the maximum distance to the toxic endpoint of 0.14 mg/L of Ammonia (anhydrous) is 0.02 miles.
4. The General Accidental Release Prevention Program and the Chemical-Specific Prevention Steps:
Our facility has taken all the necessary steps to comply with the accidental release prevention requirement set out under 40 CFR part 68 of the EPA. This facility was designed and constructed in accordance with NFPA-58 Standard, 1998 Edition. The following sections briefly describe the elements of the release prevention program that is in place at our stationary source.
Process Safety Information:
John Van Curen Receiver, Merjan Farmlands LLC - Arvin Plant maintains a detailed record of safety information that describes the chemical hazards, op
erating parameters and equipment designs associated with all processes.
Process Hazard Analysis:
Our facility conducts comprehensive studies to ensure that hazards associated with our processes are identified and controlled efficiently. The methodology used to carry out these analyses is What If. The studies are undertaken by a team of qualified personnel with expertise in engineering and process operations and are revalidated at a regular interval of every three years. Any findings related to the hazard analysis are addressed in a timely manner. The most recent PHA/update was performed on 4/20/2000.
For the purposes of safely conducting activities within our covered processes, John Van Curen Receiver, Merjan Farmlands LLC - Arvin Plant maintains written operating procedures. These procedures address various modes of operation such as initial startup, normal operations, temporary operations, emergency shutdown, emergency operations, normal shutdown and star
tup after a turnaround. The information is regularly reviewed and is readily accessible to operators involved in the processes.
John Van Curen Receiver, Merjan Farmlands LLC - Arvin Plant has a comprehensive training program in place to ensure that employees who are operating processes are competent in the operating procedures associated with these processes. Refresher training is provided at least every year and more frequently as needed.
John Van Curen Receiver, Merjan Farmlands LLC - Arvin Plant carries out highly documented maintenance checks on process equipment to ensure proper operations. Process equipment examined by these checks includes among others; pressure vessels, storage tanks, piping systems, relief and vent systems, emergency shutdown systems, controls and pumps. Maintenance operations are carried out by qualified personnel with previous training in maintenance practices. Furthermore, these personnel are offered specialized train
ing as needed. Any equipment deficiencies identified by the maintenance checks are corrected in a safe and timely manner.
Management of Change:
Written procedures are in place at John Van Curen Receiver, Merjan Farmlands LLC - Arvin Plant to manage changes in process chemicals, technology, equipment and procedures. The most recent review/revision of maintenance procedures was performed on 4/20/2000. Process operators, maintenance personnel or any other employee whose job tasks are affected by a modification in process conditions are promptly made aware of and offered training to deal with the modification.
Pre-start up safety reviews related to new processes and to modifications in established processes are conducted as a regular practice at John Van Curen Receiver, Merjan Farmlands LLC - Arvin Plant. The most recent review was performed on 4/20/2000. These reviews are conducted to confirm that construction, equipment, operating and maintenance procedures are
suitable for safe startup prior to placing equipment into operation.
John Van Curen Receiver, Merjan Farmlands LLC - Arvin Plant conducts audits on a regular basis to determine whether the provisions set out under the RMP rule are being implemented. The most recent compliance audit was conducted on 3/31/2000. These audits are carried out at least every 3 years and any corrective actions required as a result of the audits are undertaken in a safe and prompt manner.
John Van Curen Receiver, Merjan Farmlands LLC - Arvin Plant promptly investigates any incident that has resulted in, or could reasonably result in a catastrophic release of a regulated substance. These investigations are undertaken to identify the situation leading to the incident as well as any corrective actions to prevent the release from reoccurring. All reports are retained for a minimum of 5 years.
John Van Curen Receiver, Merjan Farmlands LLC
- Arvin Plant truly believes that process safety management and accident prevention is a team effort. Company employees are strongly encouraged to express their views concerning accident prevention issues and to recommend improvements. In addition, our employees have access to all information created as part of the facility's implementation of the RMP rule, including information resulting from process hazard analyses in particular.
On occasion, our company hires contractors to conduct specialized maintenance and construction activities. Prior to selecting a contractor, a thorough evaluation of safety performance of the contractor is carried out. John Van Curen Receiver, Merjan Farmlands LLC - Arvin Plant has a strict policy of informing the contractors of known potential hazards related the contractor's work and the processes. Contractors are also informed of all the procedures for emergency response should an accidental release of a regulated substance occur.
ve-year Accident History:
John Van Curen Receiver, Merjan Farmlands LLC - Arvin Plant has an excellent record of preventing accidental releases. Due to our stringent release prevention policies, only one accidental release has occurred during this period.
There has been only one accidental release of a regulated substance from our facility within the last 5 years. This release took place on 7/26/1999 and involved 50 lbs. of Ammonia (anhydrous). No deaths or injuries occurred offsite as a result of this accident. Onsite, there were no deaths or injuries.
6. Emergency Response Plan:
Sunmet, Inc. - Arvin Plant carries a written emergency response plan to deal with accidental releases of hazardous materials. The plan includes all aspects of emergency response including adequate first aid and medical treatment, evacuations, notification of local emergency response agencies and the public, as well as post-incident decontamination of affected areas.
To ensure proper functioning, our
emergency response equipment is regularly inspected and serviced. In addition, the plan is promptly updated to reflect any pertinent changes taking place within our processes that would require a modified emergency response.
7. Planned Changes to Improve Safety:
Several developments and findings have resulted from the implementation of the various elements of our accidental release prevention program. Ongoing quarterly and monthly safety walk through inspections, training of onsite personnel, and refrigeration industry seminars are some of the major steps we want to take to improve safety at our facility. These changes are expected to be implemented by 12/29/00.