United Suppliers, Inc. Eldora - Executive Summary
1. FACILITY POLICY. The owners, management and employees of United Suppliers are committed to the prevention of any accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia. If an accidental release should occur, the facility is prepared to work with the local fire department, or other authorities to mitigate any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment. |
2. FACILITY INFORMATION. The primary activity at this location is the storage and blending of fertilizers for sale to Retail Agriculture Dealers and farmers. Anhydrous ammonia is received and blended into 10-34-00 fertilizer. This blending operation takes place twice a year, normally during a week in the spring and one week in the fall. This blending operation is performed by a T-Reactor. The T-Reactor process is a method of producing fertilizer composed of nitrogen and phosphorous. The nitrogen is supplied to the process in the form on anhydrous ammonia. Phosphorous is supplied as wet-process superp
hosphoric acid. Water is the other raw material and is used to dilute the plant nutrients to stable, standard grades of commercial fertilizer. The standard grades produced by this process are 10-34-00 and 11-37-00. The maximum quantity of anhydrous ammonia on hand during the blending operation would be approximately 78,000 pounds.
3. WORST-CASE RELEASE SCENARIO. The worst-case release scenario would be the release of the total contents of the bulk storage tank. The maximum quantity released would be 78,000 pounds. The distance to the endpoint is approximately 0.90 mile.
4. ALTERNATIVE RELEASE SCENARIO: a 3-inch transfer hose is used as an alternate release scenario followed by release of ammonia for 2 minutes before an automatic excess flow shot-down valve/valves intervenes or remote manual shot-off is closed and stops the flow of ammonia. The maximum quantity release would be 28,000 pounds. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 0.60 mile.
CCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM. The facility has implemented the provisions of "Safety Requirements for the Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia, K-61", published by the American National Standards Institure, Inc., and the Standards of the U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.111, "Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia". The facility has in place Standard Safe Operating Procedures for T-Reactor Process which all employees have been trained to follow.
6. FIVE YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY. There have been no accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia in the past five years that: have caused any deaths, injuries, or significant property damage at the facility; nor to our knowledge, have resulted in offsite deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage.
7. EMERENCY ACTION PLAN.
The facility has:
a. A written action plan, in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.38;
b. Provided state and lo
cal authorities with the emergency planning and community right-to-know information as required under SARA Title III (EPCRA).
8. PLANNED CHAGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY. Safety improvement is an on-going process at our facility. Periodic evaluations are performed to assess our prevention and safety programs. There are no additional specific safety recommendations at this time.
9. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:
Cliff Daugherty, Manager
United Suppliers, Inc.
P. O. Box 538
Eldora, IA 50627