City of Kokomo Waste Water Treatment Facility - Executive Summary

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The City of Kokomo Wastewater Treatment is owned by the city of Kokomo.  It is managed by a Superintendent appointed by the Mayor.  There is an Asst. Superintendent who runs the day to day operations. 
Facility policies prohibit untrained persons from operating the chlorine system or changing tanks.  If an incident should occur, it is investigated with diligence and responsible parties are held accountable.  Every employee has safety training each month reguardless of shift.  This training is documented and on file.  The vendor of the chlorine provides annual updates on chlorine safety.  Critical components of the system are replaced annually to insure accuracy and that the possibility of failure is kept to a minimum. 
The stationary source is on building designed for the chlorine system.  Inside, there are four-one ton cylinders attached to a feed line system, each with its own regulator and line.  The feed required for proper bacteria control requires all tanks to be on line.  This a 
rea is enclosed with an alarm and monitoring system.  Procedures are posted in this location for easy reference.  There are always a minimum of two employees present when tank work is being completed. 
Worst case secenario is offloading a one ton cylinder and causing a crack or rupture.  Total release would be 2000 pounds of Chlorine.  RMP Comp was used with a release time of 10 minutes at a  rate of 110 pounds per minute.  Wind speed 1.5 m/sec.  Toxic endpoint is 0.9 miles.    
Alternative release secenario is a leak in the hose (line) system.  This would be identified by alarm system and the process shut down without delay.  Employees are trained to respond and repair the leak or call outside repair service if it is outside of their abilities.  RMP Comp was used to determine endpoint of 0.10 miles, effectively staying on the facility property.  Maximun release of 535 pounds in an enclosed area for a period of 5 minutes. 
ARP is based on Process Safety Management for chlorine.  Daily 
and weekly inspections of equipment with immediate repairs of found problems.  Each employee is trained and must demonstrate both a cognitive and hands-on understanding of the chlorine process before allowed to operate as an individual.  Chlorine training occurs each year with a review of the Emergency Action Plan.  There are local alarms and indicators to a faulty system which are monitored 24 hours a day.  Management is keenly aware of the need to monitor the system and demands compliance from all employees in this matter. 
There has been no releases in the past five years 
Kokomo Wastewater Facility  has an Emergency Response Plan which has been reviewed with the local Fire Department and the Howard County LEPC.  The last visit by the Fire Department was in July of 1998.  Additionally, one is planned for the summer of 1999 in the month of July. 
The implemented Prevention Programs are as follows: 
    Emergency Action Plan 
    Process Safety Management which includes: 
ocess Hazard Analysis 
             Management of Change 
             Pre-start up review 
             Contractor safety       
    Operating procedures 
    Incident/accident Investigation 
    Compliance auditing 
    Employee participation 
    Hot work permit program
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