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                      EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 
                      (CFR 40 Part 68) 
                                  The BFGoodrich Company 
                                  Performance Materials 
                                  Avon Lake, Ohio 
Executive Summary 
I.Health, Safety and Environmental Policies 
The BFGoodrich Performance Materials Avon Lake Plant is 
governed by a commitment to excellence as it pertains to 
Health, Safety and Environmental performance. This is 
exemplified by the following which are excerpts from the Plant 
and BFGoodrich Performance Materials Policies. 
    ".Our mission is to accomplish business results while 
    never compromising our ethical integri 
ty, community trust, 
    and relentless pursuit of Safety, Health and Environmental 
    "It is the policy of BFGoodrich Performance Materials to 
    conduct our worldwide operations and business activities 
    in a manner which is protective of our employees, our 
    communities and the environment. Further, it is the policy 
    of BFGoodrich Performance Materials that all business 
    activities conform to the requirements of all applicable 
    laws and regulations.  BFGoodrich Performance Materials is 
    committed to continuous improvement of Health, Safety and 
    Environmental performance, the implementation of the CMA 
    Responsible CARE program and the BFGoodrich Company 
    Health, Safety and Environmental Policy principles." 
II.    Stationary Source and Regulated Substances 
The BFGoodrich Performance Materials Avon Lake Ohio Plant is 
located at 550 Moore Road in Avon Lake, Ohio. At this location 
the toxic chemicals present th 
at are in excess of the 
applicable regulatory threshold quantity are: (1) acrylonitrile 
and (2) anhydrous ammonia. There are no RMP flammable chemicals 
present at this location in excess of the applicable regulatory 
threshold quantity. 
III.   Release Scenario 
The worst-case and alternative release scenarios, including a 
discussion of administrative and mitigative measures used to 
minimize the affects of the release are described below. 
One worst case release scenario is provided for the Plant, 
i.e., the scenario with the farthest endpoint, and an 
alternative release scenario is provided for each toxic 
chemical. The distinguishing differences between the two types 
of scenarios are: (1) the USEPA specifically defines the 
parameters of the worst case releases scenario and (2) only the 
alternative release scenario takes into account the 
accident/release prevention measures that are in-place to 
prevent and mitigate any release. 
  A. Worst Case Release Scenario 
  The USEPA d 
efined worst case scenario for the Plant, 
  involves a complete failure of the acrylonitrile storage 
  tank during which the maximum contents (24,000 gallons) are 
  released within 10 minutes. This scenario does not take 
  into consideration any of the multi-layered prevention 
  measures that are in-place to prevent this release scenario 
  from occurring. 
  The distance to the release endpoint as defined by USEPA, 
  i.e., distance after which the released plume has dispersed 
  to an acceptable concentration of 0.076 milligrams of 
  acrylonitrile per liter of air, is 2.2 miles. 
  B. Alternative Release Scenarios 
  The alternative release scenarios were developed and 
  selected in accordance with a risk based protocol.  This 
  protocol uses the process HAZOPS and integrates the 
  likelihood of occurrence and the offsite severity potential 
  into the scenario selection process.  The alternative 
  release scenarios and their corresponding release endpoints 
         =    A two minute release from the acrylonitrile tank due to 
           overfilling.  This scenario assumes that all or some of the 
           following accident/release prevention measures fail: 
              -    The administrative inventory control system fails and an 
                acrylonitrile shipment is received for unloading prior to 
                having sufficient freeboard to unload the delivery. 
              -    The tank level devices fail to detect the correct level in 
                the tank thus there is insufficient freeboard in the tank to 
                accept a delivery. 
              -    The redundant high level tank alarms fail to automatically 
                stop the loading pumps when a high level condition is reached. 
              -    The loading attendant does not stop loading the tank for 
                two minutes after the overfilling is initiated. 
         The release endpoint for the acrylonitrile 
ve release scenario is 0.13 miles. 
         =    A sixty minute release from a pipe leak in the ammonia 
           supply line.  This scenario assumes that all or some of the 
           following accident/release prevention measures fail: 
              -    The excess flow valve does not function. 
              -    The mechanical integrity program fails to prevent and 
                detect corrosion leading to the leak. 
              -    The time required to respond to the release is sixty 
         The release endpoint for the anhydrous ammonia 
         alternative release scenario is 0.13 miles. 
IV.  Accident and Release Prevention Programs 
The BFGoodrich Performance Materials Avon Lake Plant has 
several programs in place, which are specifically focused on 
preventing the accidental release of chemicals. These programs 
are consistent with Plant and BFGoodrich policies and with the 
Occupational Safety and Health Process Safe 
ty Management 
Standard (PSM) for highly hazardous chemicals. 
  These programs are: 
    1.     Employee Participation  -  Employees regularly 
      participate in activities directed toward aspects of 
      Plant Safety, e.g., Process Hazard Analysis, Management 
      of Change Procedures, and monthly safety meetings. 
    2.Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) - Various Process Hazard 
      Analysis Techniques are performed to identify and 
      analyze the potential process hazards associated with 
      handling hazardous chemicals. Corrective Action plans 
      are then formed and implemented. 
    3.     Operating Procedures - Operating procedures have 
      been developed for all processes to insure the  their 
      safe operation. These procedures are periodically 
      reviewed and modified as necessary. 
    4.     Employee Training - Training programs have been 
      developed and implemented to insure all employees fully 
      understand the 
hazards of the chemicals in use and the 
      required safe handling procedures. The Plant has 
      established an Operation Certification program to 
      train, test and certify the employees who are operating 
      chemical processes. 
    5.     Contractors are evaluated to insure that they have 
      the appropriate job skills, knowledge, training and 
      certifications to perform tasks safety. 
    6.     For New Processes -  Pre-Startup Safety Reviews 
      are conducted to insure a safe transition into the 
      normal operating mode. 
    7.     A Mechanical Integrity program is in place to 
      insure the integrity of process equipment. Elements 
      include the following: 
         - identification and categorization of equipment and 
         - inspections and tests 
         - establishment of prescribed inspection frequencies 
         - development and application of maintenance 
       - training of maintenance personnel 
         - documentation of test and inspection results 
         - documentation of manufacturer's maintenance 
    8.    A "Hot Work" Permit System is in place to manage 
       welding, cutting or brazing of equipment in process 
       areas to prevent fire or explosions. 
    9. A Management of Change System has been implemented to 
       properly manage changes involving processes, 
       chemicals, technology, equipment or facilities. 
    10.     In the event of any Chemical Release or "Near 
       Miss" an Incident Investigation or Board of Review is 
       conducted by a team of experienced individuals 
       familiar with the process. All recommendations are 
       documented and tracked through completion. 
    11.     A highly trained, on shift, Emergency Response 
       Team is prepared to respond to chemical release 
    12.     Compliance  
Audits are performed to review all 
       relevant documentation, verify process safety 
       information and inspect the physical facilities. 
 V.     Five Year Accident History 
 Accidents Involving RMP Chemicals 
 During the past five years, the BFGoodrich Avon Lake Plant 
 has had no chemical releases/accidents involving anhydrous 
 ammonia or acrylonitrile which resulted in deaths, injuries 
 or significant property damage on-site or known off-site 
 deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property 
 damage or environmental damage. 
VI.   Emergency Response Programs 
The BFGoodrich Performance Materials has the following 
policies/procedures/plans in effect for use in mounting a 
response to the release of chemicals: 
     - Fire and Other Emergencies 
     - Government Reportable Releases Emergency Notification 
     - Internal BFG Management Notification of Emergency 
     - Integrated Contingency Plan 
          -    Spill Pre 
vention Control and Countenance Plan (SPCC) 
          -    RCRA Contingency Plan 
The Plant has a comprehensive notification system in place to 
initiate response to any emergency. Key personnel are notified 
by a system of pagers and alarms. Once this notification system 
is activated, a series of emergency plans follow. For example, 
in the event of a fire, the Emergency Response Team will 
respond and an on-site Chain of Command communication system is 
implemented. The Emergency Response Team is trained to deal 
with chemical releases and emergencies. Coordinated drills with 
the Avon Lake Fire Department and the Lorain County Emergency 
Planning Committee are conducted to insure good communication 
and operational effectiveness. These groups are also trained 
and available to assist with emergency situations. 
VII.     Planned Safety Improvements 
The BFGoodrich Performance Materials Avon Lake Plant continues 
to evaluate and identify process hazards. As hazards are 
identified, corrective ac 
tion plans are developed and 
VI.  Certification 
The undersigned hereby certifies that to the best to his 
    knowledge, information and belief 
formed after reasonable inquiry, the information submitted is 
    true, accurate and complete. 
Vincent A. Valentino 
Plant Manager
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