Frenchman Valley Coop - Executive Summary
Facility Policy: |
The owner, management, and employees operating each of our facilities are committed to the prevention of any accidental release of hazardous chemicals transported or stored on our locations. In the event that an accidental release should occur, we are prepared to work with our Local Fire Company(s), Emergency Response Personnel, and other appropriate authorities deemed applicable depending on the specific incident, to best mitigate any; release and to minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment.
The primary activity of our company is NAICS code 422510, "establishments primarily engaged in operating county or terminal grain elevators", however, we are also engaged in providing "agricultural inputs" that include the receiving, storage, and reloading of Anhydrous Ammonia for delivery to farmers in our area. This product is subject to the EPA Risk Management Program and is the subject of this plan. Only the facility used for
this product will be included in this report.
Anhydrous Ammonia is received, stored and distributed for direct application to farm fields during the early spring and late fall months. During the balance of the year, inventories will be stored only with little if any product transfers taking place. The Maximum quantity stored has been listed earlier in the RMP and will not be disclosed in this summary. Maximum quantity handled at a given time will be the unloading of a rail tank car or a semi-trailer tank.
Our facilities have adequate lighting, and are inspected day and night during use, and through out the "off season."
WORST-CASE RELEASE SCENARIO:
The worst-case release scenario would be the release of the total contents of our largest Anhydrous Ammonia tank released as a gas over 10 minutes. The maximum quantity released has been identified earlier in this program and would effect some residential population.
ALTERNATIVE RELEASE SCENARIO:
We have not had an actual release o
f anhydrous ammonia during the last 5 years at this site so believe the most likely release would be caused by a break in a transfer hose. Transfer hoses are protected by manual, self-closing excess flow, and "pull away" valves. Our alternative release scenario is based on the loss of contents from the largest hose used for unloading the transportation tanks.
ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PROGRAM:
Our accidental release program for anhydrous ammonia is based on guidelines found in the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) "Safety Requirements for the Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia," and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 29 CFR 1910.111 "Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia." Additionally, we conduct annual employee training on the safe handling, transportation, and distribution of Anhydrous Ammonia, and have installed safety equipment including but not limited to: Excess flow valves, Breakaway couplers at risers, Emergency shut-off valves
, and Lock outs to prevent tampering when the site is unattended. We maintain routine contact with our local fire department and emergency response personnel, and have provided and/or participate in safety training exercises on Anhydrous Ammonia.
FIVE YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY:
We have not had a release of anhydrous ammonia within the past five years that has caused death, injury, or significant property damage at the facility. To our knowledge, we have not caused any offsite death, injury, evacuation, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM:
This facility is included in the written Community Emergency Response Plan as prepared by the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). We also include these materials in our own Emergency Action Plan in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38. We have provided State and Local authorities all Community Right-to-Know information requested as well
as that required under SARA Title III (EPRA). Our written employee safety programs include pre-emergency planning and employee training in accordance with OSHA standards, and are offered for review at any time by our Local Emergency Planning Committee to ensure that they conform to the community plan. We actively encourage participation in our Anhydrous Ammonia training program by the local fire department(s), local emergency response team, hazardous materials responders, community planners, etc. that may be expected to respond to an incident at our site.
PLANNED CHANGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY:
Safety improvement is an on-going process at our facility. Periodic evaluations are performed to assess the maintenance of safe conditions. There are no additional specific recommendations for implementation at this time.
Due to the computer program not accepting actual numbers, the latitude and longitude may not be totally accurate. For additional information, respon
se to questions, facility tours, or comments, please contact Richard Murphy at 1-308-882-3202