Farmers Cooperative Company (Carroll) - Executive Summary

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Facility:      Farmers Cooperative Company (Carroll) 
Contact:     Ralph Lampman 
Phone:       712-792-9705 
1.     Facility Policy. 
       The owners, management and employees of Farmers Cooperative Company (Carroll) are committed to the prevention of any accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia.  If an accidental release should occur, the facility is prepared to work with the local fire department, or other authirities, to mitigate and minimize the impacts of the release to the people and the environment. 
2.     Facility information. 
      The primary activity at the facility is the storage of fertilizer for sale to the farmers.  Anhydrous ammonia is received, stored and distributed for direct application fertilizer for crop production nutrients. 
      Anhydrous ammonia is stored at the facility in 2 storage tanks (30,000). 
      The maximum quantity stored would be 300,000 pounds. 
3.     Worst-Case Scenario and Alternate Release Scenario 
  a.   The worst-case scenario wou 
ld be the release of the total contents of a storage tank release as gas over a period of 10 minutes.  The maximum quantity released would be 150,000 pounds, which represents the volume of the largest storage tank at 85 percent capacity as limited by design standards.  The distance to the end point is 2.4 miles. 
    b.   The alternate release scenario, based on the five-year accident history is a relase from a break in a transfer hose.  The distance to the endpoint is .8 miles. 
    The facility has been reviewed for general compliance with the provisions of "Safety Requirements for the Storage and handling of Anhydrous Ammonia, K-61.1", published by The American National Standards Institue, Inc. (ANSI), and the standards of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.111,  "storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia".  The ANSI Standard has been adopted by reference by Iowa Administrative Code Part 21-Chapter 
43-Rule 43.6(200)-Standard for the storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia.  The OSHA standard is referenced in the Registration Form Section 8.3.b. 
    There have been no accidental release of anhydrous ammonia or propane in the past fire years that:  have caused any deaths, injuries or significant property damage at the facility; nor to our knowledge, have resulted in off-site deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage. 
    The facility has: 
    a.   a written 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           information 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. 
    Safety imporvement is an on-going process at the facility.  Periodic evaluations are performed to assess the maintenance of safe conditions. 
    There are no additional specific safety recommendations regarding storage or use of anhydrous ammonia and propane for implementation at this time.
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