Garland Branch - Executive Summary
Executive Summary |
Intermountain Farmers Association
Risk Management Plan
Management, and employees of Intermountain Farmers Association are committed to the prevention of any accidental releases of anhydrous Ammonia. If an accidental release would occur, the facility is prepared to work with the local fire department and other authorities, to mitigate any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment.
The primary activity at the facility is the storage and blending of fertilizers for retail sale to farmers.
Anhydrous Ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for direct application as a crop production nutrient.
The maximum q
uantity stored would be 265,200 lbs in two 30,000 gallon storage tanks. The maximum quantity handled would be the unloading of a rail tank car holding 160,000 pounds.
Worst-case release scenario and the alternative release scenario
The worst-case release scenario would be the total release of the contents of both storage tanks released as a gas over 10 minutes the maximum quantity released would be 265,200 pounds, which represents the volume of the storage tanks at 85% capacity as limited by design standards. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion) is 7.2 miles
The alternative release scenario based on the most likely potential incident, is a release from a break in a transfer hose. The estimated quantity released would be 400 pounds, The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion) is 0.1 mile.
Accidental release prevention program
The facility has implemented the provisions of "Safety Requirements for the Storage and Handling 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".
Five-year Accident History
There have been no accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia in the past five years that:
Have caused any deaths, injuries, or significant property damage at the facility, nor have resulted in offsite deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage.
Emergency Response Program
The facility has:
A written emergency action plan, in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1910.38.
Provided state and local authorities the emergency planning and community right-to-know information as required under SARA Title III (EPCRA).
A written emergency response program, in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 CFR 1910.120, including pre-emergency planning and employee training.
Planned Changes to Improve Safety
Safety improvement is an on-going process at the facility. Periodic evaluations are performed to assess the maintenance of safe conditions. There are no additional specific anhydrous ammonia safety recommendations for implementation at this time.