Bakersfield Ag. Co., Inc. - Executive Summary
California Accidental Release Prevention Program Executive Summary |
Bakersfield Ag. Co., Inc.
Facility Accidental Release Policy
The owners, management, and employees of Bakersfield Ag. Co., Inc. at 34710 Seventh Standard Road
Bakersfield, CA, 93312 are committed to the prevention of any accidental release of anhydrous 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.
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, stored, and distributed for both direct application and for blending into
mixed grade fertilizers for crop productio
n nutrients. The regulated pesticides are received, stored and
distributed for direct application in pest control.
Anhydrous ammonia is received by tanker truck and stored in one above ground tank at the site. The
maximum quantity of anhydrous ammonia hadled is 52,020 pounds.
The Worst-Case Release Scenario and Alternative Release Scenario
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 would release 52,020 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, which represents 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 0.74 miles. The alternative release scenario, based on the five-year accident history (or the most likely potential incident) is a release from a 3 inch line leak. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 0.41 miles.
Accidental Release Preventio
Anhydrous 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.; California Code of Regulations, Title 8, subchapter 1, "unfired Pressure Vessel Safety Orders"; and the standards of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 29 CFR 1910.111, "Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia."
Five-year Accident History
There have been no accidental releases or near misses of anhydrous ammonia in the past five years that: have cause any deaths, injuries, or significant property damage at the facility; nor have resulted in off-site deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage.
The Emergency Response Program
The facility's emergency response program was written in accordance with the following regulations: OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38; OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120; and Section 25503, Division 6
.95 of the California Health and Safety Code
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. There are no additional specific planned changes to the anhydrous ammonia processes at the facility.