MFA Bulk Plant - Chamois - Executive Summary
Risk Management Plan - Executive Summary |
Facility: MFA Bulk Plant - Chamois
Location: P.O. Box 163, Chamois, Mo. 65024
Contact: Larry Backes
1. The Facility Policy
MFA Incorporated, MFA Exchange and the employees of the MFA Bulk Plant in Chamois are committed to the prevention of any accidental release of anhydrous ammonia. If an accidental release should occur, the facility is prepared to work with the Chamois Fire Department, and 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 the facility is the receiving, storage and distribution of anhydrous ammonia for direct application as a crop nutrient.
The maximum quantity stored would be 51,000 pounds in our 12,000 gallon storage tank. Product is also stored in an 8,000 gallon tank. The maximum quantity handled would be the unloading of a transport delivery truck holding approximately 50,000 pound
3. The worst-case and alternative release scenario.
a. The worst-case release scenario would be the release of the total contents of the storage tank released as a gas over 10 minutes. The maximum quantity released would be 51,000 pounds, which represents the volume of the storage tank at 85 percent capacity as limited by design standards. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 1.6 miles.
b. The alternative release scenario based on the most likely potential incident is a release from a break in a 3? transfer hose during receiving operations. This release is assumed to last approximately 2 minutes before automatic or manual shut-off stops the flow. The maximum quantity release would be 26,638 pounds. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 1.2 miles.
4. The Accidental Release Prevention Program.
The facility has implemented the provisions of "Safety Requirements for the Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia, K-61.1, 1989"
, published by The American National Standards Institute, Inc., and the standards of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.111, "Storage and handling of Anhydrous Ammonia".
5. The Five-year Accident History
There was an accidental release of anhydrous ammonia that
occurred at this facility on 7/13/2000. The release was
caused by a piece of heavy equipment running into process
lines to the railcar receiving site. The release lasted
approximately 20 minutes with approximately 7,748 pound of
product lost. The Chamois Fire Department was called and
assisted with controlling the release and in the evacuation
of approximately 50 residents. There were 3 persons treated
for minor injuries.
6. The Emergency Response Program.
The facility has;
a. a written emergency action plan, in accordance with OSHA
Standard, 29 CFR 1910.38;
b. provided State and Local authorities with the emergency
planning and community right-to-know informat
required under SARA Title III (EPCRA);
c. a written emergency response program, in accordance with
OSHA Standard, 29 CFR 1910.120, including pre-emergency
planning and employee training.
7. Planned changes to improve safety.
Safety improvement is an on-going process at the facility. Periodic evaluations are performed to assess the maintenance of safe conditions. There are no additional specific anhydrous ammonia safety recommendations for implementation at this time.