Whitewater - NH3 - Executive Summary
Risk Management Plan |
Clean Air Act Amendment, Section 112r
Burlington Consumers Cooperative - Whitewater
ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE POLICIES
The owners, management and employees of Burlington Consumers Cooperative are committed to the prevention of any accidental release of anhydrous ammonia. Burlington Consumers Cooperative policy is to adhere to all applicable Federal and State rules and regulation in order to:
1. Prevent unnecessary human exposure,
2. Reduce the threat to employees health, and
3. To reduce the threat to nearby members of the community.
Safety depends upon the manner in which an accidental release is handled, combined with the safety devices inherent in the design of the operation, the safe handling procedures used and the training of personnel.
Burlington Consumers Cooperative complies with the provision of "Safety Requirements for Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia, K-61-1", published by The American National S
tandards 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". Burlington Consumers Cooperative emergency response plan includes procedures for notification of the local fire authority, the LEPC and any potentially affected neighbors.
STATIONARY SOURCES AND REGULATED SUBSTANCES
At this facility, anhydrous ammonia is stored and distributed for resale to farmers and other customers.
Anhydrous ammonia is received by truck, and stored in two 18,000 gallon tanks. The anhydrous ammonia is distributed for direct application.
The maximum amount of anhydrous ammonia that can be stored at this facility is 142,902 pounds (18,000 gallon tank times 2 times 4.67 pounds/gallon times 85%).
Worst case scenario - Failure of one 18,000 gallon tank when filled to 85% capacity would release 71,500 pounds. The anhydrous ammonia would be r
eleased as a gas over a 10 minute period (7150 pounds per minute). The distance to the endpoint under urban conditions using the RMP Comp model (toxic endpoint is 0.14 mg/L) is 3.1 miles.
Alternate Scenario - A hose breaks resulting in a release of 11,908 pounds. The release is stopped through human intervention in 2 minutes (5954 lbs/min). The distance to the endpoint under urban condition is 0.5 miles.
GENERAL ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM AND THE SPECIFIC PREVENTION STEPS
This distribution facility complies with EPA's Accidental Release Rule and with all applicable state codes and regulations.
The anhydrous ammonia facility has implemented the provision of "Safety Requirements for Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia, K-61.1", published by The American National Standards Institute, Inc., and the standards of the U.S. Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.111, "Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia".
FIVE-YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY
have been no accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia in the pas 5 years that have caused any death, injuries, or significant property damage at the facility; nor to our knowledge, have resulted in off site deaths, injuries, evacuation, sheltering in place, property damage or environmental damage.
There have been no accidental releases of propane in the past 5 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.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM
This facility emergency response program is written in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.38. Burlington Consumers Cooperative has discussed this program with the LEPC and local fire department. A representative of the local fire department has inspected the site.
PLANNED CHANGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY
Safety improvement is an on-going process at the facility. Peri
odic evaluations are performed to assess the maintenance of safe conditions. There are no additional specific safety recommendations for implementation.