ConAgra Poultry Company - Executive Summary
1. Accidental release prevention and emergency response policies
ConAgra Poultry Company - Gainesville is committed to both the safety of our employees and that of the surrounding public, including both human health and the environment. Safety is ensured through careful prevention measures and emergency planning. The intent of our Prevention Program is the minimization of all risks that could possibly lead to an accidental release. This program focuses primarily on the mechanical integrity of the process equipment and the training of its operators. The Emergency Response Plan focuses on minimizing the potential impacts of an accidental release. This is done by coordinating emergency actions with the Gainesville Fire Department and ensuring that employees are trained on the proper response to an emergency situation.
2. The stationary source and regulated substances handled
ConAgra Poultry Company - Gainesville is a poultry processing plant.
ed substance handled at this plant is ammonia. Ammonia is used as a refrigerant in the plant cooler and freezer system.
The maximum quantity of ammonia stored at this facility is 34,500 pounds.
3. The worst-case release scenario and the alternative release scenario, including administrative controls and mitigation measures to limit the distances for each reported scenario
Worst-Case Scenario- Failure of the high pressure receiver for the old side (south) engine room when filled to the greatest amount allowed would release 8,300 pounds of ammonia. Company policy limits the maximum filling capacity of this vessel to 60%. It is assumed that the entire contents are released as vapor over a ten minute time span and are subjected to a wind speed of 1.5 m/s with a stability class of F. The distance to the toxic endpoint for the worst-case scenario is 1.1 miles.
Alternative Scenario- The lifting of a pressure relief valve on the ammonia storage vessel for the new side (north) engi
ne room. Relief valves allow the escape of ammonia at a total flow rate of 234 lbs/min. Weather conditions are assumed to be average values of 3 m/s wind speed and stability class D. The valves are assumed to be open 75% of the time during the release as the pressure builds and is relieved. The distance to this endpoint is 665 feet and extends beyond the facility boundary.
4. The general accidental release prevention program and the specific prevention steps
ConAgra Poultry Company believes that the best way to prevent an accidental release is by being proactive in its approach to safety. This facility maintains information about the proper use of its equipment and the possible hazards. By following set operating procedures and maintenance routines, the process equipment within the facility will continue to operate in optimum condition. Additionally, the release prevention program is constantly being improved by sustained employee training and regular compliance audits. Comp
liance with all applicable state codes and regulations ensures the continued safety of ConAgra.
5. Five-year accident history
ConAgra Poultry Company - Gainesville facility has not experienced any accidents within the last five years that either led to a significant release of hazardous chemicals or had the potential to lead to such a release.
6. The emergency response program
A well planned emergency response program can make a tremendous difference in the potential off-site impacts of an accidental release. Swift, efficient actions can minimize the damage to both human population and the natural surroundings. To this end, ConAgra Poultry Company - Gainesville has coordinated emergency response efforts with the Gainesville Fire Department and has instructed employees on the proper actions to take in the event of an accidental release.
7. Planned changes to improve safety
There are no planned changes to improve safety at this time.