MFA Bulk Plant - Chamois - Executive Summary

| Accident History | Chemicals | Emergency Response | Registration | Source | Executive Summary |

Risk Management Plan - Executive Summary 
Facility:    MFA Bulk Plant - Chamois 
Location:    P.O. Box 163, Chamois, Mo. 65024 
Contact:     Larry Backes  
Phone:     573-763-5709 
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 
ion as 
      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.
Click to return to beginning