Farmers Union Oil Co. , Alice NH3 Plant - Executive Summary
Farmers Union Oil Company |
307 Front street
Embden, ND 58079
Re: Alice, ND NH3 Plant
The board of directors, management, and employees of the Farmers Union Oil Company of Embden, ND are committed to the prevention of any accidential releases of anhydrous ammonia. If an accidential release should occur, the facility is prepared to work with the Alice Fire Department, or other authorities, to mimize the impact of the release to people and the environment.
The primary activity at the facility is the storage of anhydrous ammonia and loading nurse tanks for delivery
to the farm for application.
Anhydrous ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for direct application for crop nutrients.
The maximum quanity stored would be 154,500 lbs. in one 30,000, and three 1000 , gallon tanks. The maximun quanity handled would be the unloading of a transport truck vessel containing 53,000 pounds.
The worst case senerio would be the release of the total contents of a storage tank release o
ver ten minutes. The maximum quanity would be 131,325 pounds representing 85 percent of the largest tank capacity, as limited by design standards.
The alternate release scenario based on a two minute release is a release from a break in a three inch transfer hose. The distance to the endpoint in this case would be .81 miles.
The facility has implemented the provissions of "Safety Requirements for the Starage and Handeling of Anhydrous Ammonia, K-61.1", 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".
There have been no accidental releases of Anhydrous Ammonia in the past five years at this site.
Farmers Union Oil Company has a written action plan, in accordance with OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.38; provided state and local authorities with emergency planning and community right-to-know information as required under SARA Titl
e III (EPRCA).
Farmers Union Oil Company will coordinate this plan with the local emergency responders.
Safety improvement is an on-going process at the facility. Periodic evaluations are performed to access the maintenance of safety conditions. There are no additional specific anhydrous ammonia safety recommendations for implementations at this time.