Ashland Specialty Chemical Co. -Calumet City, IL - Executive Summary

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Accidental release prevention and emergency response policies: 
Ashland Specialty Chemical Company (Ashland) relies on numerous policies and programs to ensure early identification of and proper response to potential emergencies, including:  
   7 training and drills in emergency preparedness, hazardous materials training, disaster response and 
     control, first-aid, and fire-and-rescue techniques; 
   7 frequent auditing of all preparedness programs; safety training and education; and 
   7 regular review, follow-up, and maintenance of all company operations and equipment.   
Our facilities regularly invite local fire departments and emergency responders to tour and inspect our plants, participate in joint emergency drills, and gain familiarity with our operations.  Our facilities have written emergency preparedness plans that are updated regularly.  
Ashland facilities typically host open houses every 3 to 5 years as an opportunity for neighbors to learn about our commitment to 
safety.  Ashland makes an effort to support our communities through sponsorship of local activities and participation in local organizations. 
Description of facility and the regulated substances handled: 
Ashland's Calumet City facility manufactures a variety of acrylic and phenolic resins for the Specialty Polymers and Adhesives industry.  Fifty weight percent formaldehyde (formalin) and vinyl acetate monomer are the two substances present which are regulated under the USEPA Risk Management Program Rule, 40 CFR 68. 
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The worst-case release scenario: 
The USEPA RMP regulations require the worst-case release scenario to assume that the entire contents of the largest vessel is released.  This event is highly unlikely and has never occurred at our facility.  The Calumet City facility has never had a release of formaldehyde or vinyl acetate monomer that resulted in an off-site impact.  Based on o 
ur analysis using USEPA-approved modeling methods, the worst-case release scenario could potentially affect off-site receptors. 
General accidental release prevention program and chemical-specific prevention steps: 
This facility is operated in strict accordance with the USEPA prevention program requirements.  A written management system is in place with operating and maintenance procedures for the covered processes.  These procedures ensure rigorous training for operations employees, an effective mechanical integrity program, numerous management checks and balances, and strict attention to changes in the operations with a thorough review and examination of potential incidents that could lead to an accidental release.  Ashland maintains a 24-hour corporate emergency reporting system that can speedily coordinate emergency response with top management and quickly communicate key first-aid or medical information to local health care providers.  This facility has emergency medical treatm 
ent information readily available for use in the event of an emergency.   
Five-year accident history.  
During the past five years, we have not had any releases of the regulated substances that have resulted in or could have resulted in an offsite impact.   
Emergency response program: 
The Calumet City employees do not respond offensively to accidental releases of the regulated substances, but rely on local emergency responders.  Our employees regularly undergo training in defensive emergency response activities.  Our facilities regularly invite local fire departments and emergency responders to tour and inspect our plants, gain familiarity with our operations, and participate in joint emergency drills.  Our facilities have written emergency preparedness plans that are updated regularly. 
Planned changes to improve safety: 
Our facilities continually evaluate and implement employee suggestions and recommendations resulting from process hazard analyses.  We make changes to improve  
reliability and safety based on information developed within our organization and industry.  Toward continuous improvement, we are looking at ways to minimize risk through process improvement, process re-design, and formulation substitution.  Ashland is committed to the Chemical Manufacturers Association's Responsible CareSM Initiative Management Code on Process Safety.
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