Western Farm Service, Caldwell - Executive Summary
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1. Facility Accidental Release Policy
The owners, management, and employees of Western Farm Service's Caldwell facility (herein referred to as the Facility) at 10257 Highway 20-26, Caldwell, Idaho, 83605 are committed to the prevention of any accidental release of anhydrous ammonia, and aqua 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.
2. Facility Information
The primary activity at the Facility is the storage, blending, and sale of fertilizers, in addition to, the sale of pre-packaged agricultural chemicals to farmers.
Anhydrous ammonia is received in railcar, stored, and distributed for both direct application and for blending into
mixed grade fertilizers for crop production nutrients.
Anhydrous ammonia is received and stored in upto two 30,000-gallon railcars at the site. The maximum quantity of anhydrous ammonia handled in this process is 260,000 pounds. Anhydrous Ammonia is also used in the production of aqua ammonia and ammonium polyphosphate fertilizer.
Aqua ammonia (upto 30% of ammonia by weight) is produced and stored at the site using an aqua ammonia convertor and stored in two 20,000-gallon above ground tanks at the site. The maximum quantity of aqua ammonia handled is 300,000 pounds. The total quantity of ammonia present in the aqua ammonia, based on 30% active ingredient by weight, is 90,000 pounds.
3. The Worst-Case Release Scenario and Alternative Release Scenario
A. Anhydrous Ammonia Worst-Case and Alternative Release Scenarios
THe Worst-case release scenario is failure of the largest storage tank when filled to the greatest amount releasing 130,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, which r
epresents the volume of the largest storage tank at 85% capacity as limited by regulations. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 2.60 miles. The alternative release scenario, based on the PHA scenarios (or the most likely potential incident) and is a release of 11,908 pounds of anhydrous ammonia from a broken 2-inch diameter pipe. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 1.18 miles.
B. Aqua Ammonia Alternative Release Scenarios
The first alternative release scenario is failure of the largest storage tank when filled to the greatest amount would release 150,000 pounds of aqua ammonia solution. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 1.72 miles. The alternative release scenario, based on the PHA scenarios (or the most likely potential incident) is a release of 10,000 pounds of aqua ammonia solution from a storage tank modeled with an increased wind speed and "D" Stability modeling parameters. The dis
tance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 0.19 miles.
4. Accidental Release Prevention Program
Anhydrous Ammonia and Aqua Ammonia: The Facility has implemented the provisions of the "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. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.111, "Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia."
5. Five-year Accident History
a. There have been no accidental releases or near misses of anhydrous ammonia or aqua ammonia in the past five years that:
1. Have caused any deaths, injuries, or significant property damage at the facility; nor
2. Have resulted in off-site deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage.
6. The Emergency Response Program
The facility's emergency response program was written in accordance with the following regulations:
HA 29 CFR 1910.38;
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120; and
7. 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. Specific planned changes to the anhydrous ammonia, and aqua ammonia processes at the facility are listed in the Facility PHAs. In summary, planned changes address the review and development of Standard Operating Procedures for regulated onsite processes.