Valley Warehouse Company - Executive Summary
Valley Warehouse Company (VWC) has been in business in its current location since 1962. We warehouse and sell fertilizers, pre-packaged agricultural chemicals, and seeds to farmers in Tulare and Kings counties. |
Accidental Release Prevention -
The owners, management, and employees of Valley Warehouse Company at 31071 Road 68, Visalia, California, are committed to the prevention of any accidental release of Anhydrous Ammonia. If an accidental release should occur, the facility is prepared to work with the local fire department, or other authorities to mitigate any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment. A detailed emergency response plan has been developed and will be implemented in the event of an accidental release.
Facility Information -
The primary activity at the VWC facility is the storage and sale of fertilizers, in addition to, the sale of pre-packaged agricultural chemicals and seeds to farmers.
The regulated substance Anhydrou
s Ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for direct application.
Anhydrous Ammonia is received by tanker truck and stored in an above ground pressure storage tank at the site. The maximum quantity of Anhydrous Ammonia handled at VWC is 65,500 pounds.
Worst-Case Release Scenario -
Failure of the largest storage tank when filled to the greatest amount would release 65,500 pounds of Anhydrous Ammonia, which is the volume of the largest storage tank at 85 percent capacity as limited by design standards. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 1.7 miles.
Alternative Release Scenario -
The alternate release scenario, based on the five-year accident history (or the most likely potential incident) is a release from a transfer hose failure at VWC. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion 200 ppm) is 0.5 miles.
Accidental Release Prevention Program -
The facility has implemented the provisions of the "Safety Requirements for Storage and Handl
ing of Anhydrous Ammonia, K-61.1", published by the American National Standards Institure, Inc.: California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Subchapter 1, "Unfired Pressure Vessel Safety Orders"; 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 or near misses 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 off-site deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage.
Emergency Response Program -
The facility's emergency response program was written in accordance with the following regulations:
- OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38;
- OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120; and
- Section 25503, Division 6.95 of the California Health and Safety Code.
Safety Improvement -
t is an ongoing process at the facility. Periodic evaluations are performed to assess the maintenance of safe conditions. There are no additional specific planned changes the Anhydrous Ammonia process at the facility.