WQD Yard - Executive Summary
Sacramento County Water Quality Division has instituted a Risk Management Program for their chlorine receiving and storage facility, Water Quality Division Yard, as required by Federal Accidental Release Prevention (ARP) Program regulations at 40 CFR Part 68. The Risk Management Program identifies the equipment, procedures, maintenance, inspection, and training associated with Regulated Substances (RS's) handled at this facility in excess of Federal threshold quantities; describes the structured assessment of hazards which was conducted to assess possible effects on employees and offsite public and environmental receptors; provides the results of an offsite consequences analysis; defines a prevention program, emergency response program, and mitigation measures to reduce the probability and magnitude of accidental releases of RS's; and establishes a schedule and responsibilities for implementation of mitigation measures and auditing of program elements. This Risk Management Plan (RMP) |
is being filed as required by ARP regulations in order to report the elements of the current Risk Management Program and to describe further measures planned to mitigate or prevent accidental releases of RS's.
STATIONARY SOURCE AND REGULATED SUBSTANCES HANDLED
Sacramento County Water Quality Division operates and maintains the regional wastewater collection system outside the City of Sacramento, and also operates and maintains the chlorination process for numerous water wells and three water treatment plants owned by other County agencies. Its chlorine receiving and storage facility, Water Quality Division Yard, is located in the Sac. County Branch Center just east of Branch Center Rd. between Ecology and Preservation, Sacramento, CA in Sacramento County, and uses chlorine, a RS, for warehousing in quantities greater than the Federal threshold quantity for this RS. There are no full-time employees at this site; however, operators visit the site at least daily and also respond to
Chlorine is received in ton containers by truck, handled with an electric hoist, and stored on trunnions within a fenced, roofed area. Chlorine is also received in 150 lb. cylinders, delivered by truck, handled using a hand truck and stored in the fenced, roofed area. Chlorine is stored at this facilitiy prior to use at various sites within the WQD service area.
ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE POLICIES
It is the policy of Sacramento County Water Quality Division that the receipt, storage and handling of chlorine at its facility be done in a manner which meets regulatory requirements and minimizes the probability and severity of accidental releases of chlorine to the atmosphere, in order to protect the health and safety of its workers, the public, and the environment. In order to accomplish this goal, Sacramento County Water Quality Division has gathered safety information on chlorine and on the process, equipment and procedures involving ch
lorine; performed a structured assessment of hazards of the process and external events which might affect the process; performed an offsite consequences analysis of defined release scenarios; established a written program for prevention and mitigation of accidental releases; and established a written emergency response program coordinated with emergency response agencies.
WORST CASE RELEASE SCENARIO
A single "worst case" release scenario is required to be considered for each stationary source, resulting in the maximum distance to an endpoint for all toxic RS's contained on site above the threshold quantity.
The worst case release scenario for toxic chemicals is defined in the ARP regulations as the release of the contents of the largest single container of RS (in this case chlorine) over a period of 10 minutes. The scenario considered the release of the contents of the largest container of chlorine on site, in this case 2000 lb. This release scenario is not physically possible, due
to the characteristics of chlorine.
ALTERNATIVE CASE RELEASE SCENARIO
An "alternative case" release scenario is required to be considered for each toxic RS handled in quantities greater than the threshold quantity at the site.
The "alternative case" scenario is described in the ARP regulations as a likely release resulting in offsite effects, considering administrative controls and mitigation measures in place, and is to be determined by the facility operators as part of the Process Hazard Analysis required to be performed during RMP development. The "alternative case" considered for this facility is the release of liquid chlorine from a leak in one of the fusible plugs on a received ton container, due to a supplier error or damage in transit, with the release secured by application of a Type "B" Ton Container Repair Kit fixture after 60 minutes.
Administrative controls in effect at Sacramento County Water Quality Division which were considered to mitigate
the severity of the Worst Case and Alternative Case release scenarios include Sacramento County Water Quality Division's written policies and procedures for training of operators and maintenance personnel, written procedures for control of the inventory of chlorine at the facility, and policies regarding quality level of replacement materials and components for the chlorine system.
No mitigation measures were considered to limit the severity of the Worst Case scenario. No passive mitigation measures were considered to limit the severity of the Alternative Case scenario. Active mitigation was considered for the Alternative Case, in the form of the timely response of properly trained and equipped personnel following established emergency response procedures.
GENERAL ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAMS
General accidental release prevention programs instituted by Sacramento County Water Quality Division are categorized as administrative (management) programs;
procedures, training, and engineering controls; and emergency response programs.
Sacramento County Water Quality Division has instituted a Process Safety Management (PSM) Program meeting OSHA requirements at 29 CFR 1910.119 covering its warehousing process. This constitutes the general accidental release prevention program for Sacramento County Water Quality Division's operations.The program and document management procedures included in the PSM Program will be used as the management system for the Risk Management Program.
CHEMICAL-SPECIFIC RELEASE PREVENTION STEPS
Release prevention steps specific to chlorine have been identified and implemented. These include installation of seismic restraints for the ton containers and 150 lb. cylinders.
FIVE YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY
There have been no accidents involving chlorine at this facility within the past five years resulting in injuries or offsite consequences.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM
Sacramento County Water Quality Division's Emer
gency Response Program applicable to chlorine has been coordinated with Sacramento County Environmental Management Department, Hazardous Materials Division the local agency responsible for hazardous materials inventory reporting and release response coordination.Sacramento County Water Quality Division maintains First Responder capability with respect to chlorine releases at sites which it operates and maintains.
PLANNED CHANGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY
All of the improvements and mitigation measures identified in the process hazard analysis which Sacramento County Water Quality Division committed to accomplish have been completed or are in progress. Any other measures identified by employees during workplace hazard surveys, or as a result of audit activities, will be thoroughly reviewed and considered for implementation.