Farmers Cooperative Elevator Association-Greenleaf - Executive Summary
The Board of Directors, management, and employees of Farmers Cooeprative Elevator Association are committed to the prevention of any accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia.If an accidental release should occur, the facilities are prepared to work with the local fire departments, or other authorities, to mitigate any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment. |
One of the primary activities at the facilities of Farmers Cooperative Elevator Association is the storage and blending of fertilizers for sale to farmers. Anhydrous Ammonia is received, stored and distibuted for direct application as a crop production nutrient.
The maximum quantity stored in the three tanks at any one time would be 145,860 pounds, with each tank holding 48,620 pounds. The maximum quantity received at any one time is one semi-trailer load holding approximately 42,000 pounds.
The worst-case release scenario would be the release of the entire contents of one storage tank being
released over a ten minute time period. The maximum quantity released would be 48,620 pounds, which represents the volume of the storage tank at 85% capacity as limited by design standards. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 1.5 miles.
The alternative release scenario is based of the most likely incident and involves a release from a ruptured transfer hose. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200ppm) is .47 miles and involves the release of 2901 pounds over a 2 minute time period.
This facility has implemented the provisions of " Safety Requirements for the 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", as well as requirements of the Kansas State Department of Agriculture.
There have been no accidental releases of anhydrous amm
onia in the past five years that have caused any deaths, injuries, or significant property damage at the facility nor to our knowledge, have resulted in any offsite deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage or environmental damage.
The facility has a written emergency action plan, in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.38, has provided state and local authorities the emergency planning and community right-to-know information as required under SARA Title III, and has a written emergency response program in accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.120. This facility has communicated emergency response actions with the local fire department and rescue personnel.
Safety improvement is an ongoing process at the facility. Periodic evaluations are performed to assess the maintnenance of safe conditions. Ther are no additional specific safety regulations for anhydrous ammonia at this time.