Esmond Elevator - Executive Summary
1. THE FACILITY POLICY: The owners, management, and employees of Maplehurst Farms, Inc are committed to the prevention of any accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia by utilization of proper equipment, regular inspections and maintenance and training of all persons that work with the material. Should an accidental release occur, the facility has orientated the local fire department and/or the local emergency planning committee so they can plan for responce to any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment. |
2. FACILITY INFORMATION: The primary activity at the facility is the storage for sale to farmers. Anhydrous ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for direct application as a crop production nutrient. The maximum quantity stored would be 140,000 Lbs in the facility's one storage tank.
3. THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO would be the release of the total contents of the storage tank released as a gas over a ten minute period. The maximum quantity
released would be 140,000 pounds, which represents the volume of the storage tank at 85% capacity as limited by the design standards and company procedures. The distance to endpoint of dispersion based on the model used is 2.68 miles.
The alternative worst-case scenario is assumed to be a release from the rupture of a 2 inch transfer hose, with 12,000 pounds released in a 2 minute period. The distance to endpoint of dispersion is 1.00 miles.
4. THE ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PROGRAM: The facility complies with the Rules and REgulations relating to The Handling of Anhydous Ammonia and Low Pressure Nitrogen Solutions, Equipment, Containers, and Storage Facilities. These regulations administered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture are consistent with ANSI K61.1 and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.111 regarding storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia.
5. THE FIVE-YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY: There have been no accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia for the covered process in the past five years that h
ave caused any deaths, injuries, or significant property damage on site; nor to our knowledge, have any accidental releases resulted in offsite deaths, injuries evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage.
6. THE EMERGENCY RESPONCE PROGRAM: The facility has a written emergency action plan in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.38 and provide state and local authorities the emergency planning and community right-to-know information as required under SARA Title III of EPCRA. Our emergency response action plan has been reviewed with the local fire department and provided to the local emergency planning committee for coordination in the community response planning.
7. PLANNED CHANGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY: Safety improvements is an ongoing process at the facility. Periodic evaluations are performed to assess the maintenance of safe practices and operations. There are no additional specific anhydrous ammonia safety recommendations for implementation at