U. S. Agri-Chemicals, Ft. Meade - Executive Summary
Accidental Release Prevention Policy |
U.S. Agri-Chemicals personnel are committed to being responsible corporate citizens of the communities in which they live and work. The protection of the environment and the control of environmental matters receive top priority, support, and participation by all employees.
Emergency Response Policy
U. S. Agri-Chemicals is committed to training and equipping its personnel to handle incidental releases of ammonia and expects its personnel to summon appropriate professional services to handle any incident that escalates beyond their capability.
Description of the Stationary Source and Regulated Substance Handling
Ft. Meade Chemical Plant's primary product is phosphoric acid. It is used as a main ingredient to produce ammonium phosphate fertilizer. Ammonia is received by truck or railcar and is stored in a vessel called a bullet. Ammonia is combined with phosphoric acid to produce ammonium phosphate fertilizer.
Accidental Release Prevention
U.S. Agri-Chemicals' Accidental Release Prevention Program includes:
? Requirement to ensure covered process equipment is properly designed with emergency shutoff
? Training of maintenance personnel and testing of critical covered process equipment
? Written operating procedures and training of operators
? Safety inspections, reviews, and audits of covered process equipment
Five-Year Accident History
Emergency Response Program
U.S. Agri-Chemicals' Emergency Response Program includes:
? Written Emergency Response Plan
? Joint emergency response exercises conducted with community responders
? Availability of emergency response equipment
Description of Worst-case Release Scenario
Release of entire contents of 175-ton ammonia bullet (80% full - 280,000 pounds) over a period of 10 minutes. The distance to end-point based on Degadose Air Dispersion Modeling is 1.6 miles.
Description of Alternative Release Scenario
Failure of a transfer hose during truck unloading to
permit a release of 25,397 pounds of ammonia in 15 minutes. The distance to end-point based on Degadose Air Dispersion Modeling is 0.61 miles.
EPA has acknowledged that there are inherent uncertainties associated with the use of any air dispersion model.
EPA also has acknowledged that consistent with sound modeling practices and the requirements specified in the rule, different models may be used as appropriate. Therefore, U.S. Agri-Chemicals elected to use a model different than the one used by EPA to generate the look-up table.