Southern States Cooperative-Dagsboro, DE (75831) - Executive Summary

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(Site: 75831) 
The accidental release prevention and emergency response policies at your facility: 
This facility handles propane, which is considered a regulated flammable substance by EPA.  The same properties that make propane valuable as a fuel also make it necessary to observe certain safety precautions in handling propane to prevent unnecessary human exposure, to reduce the threat to our own personal health and to reduce the threat to nearby members of the community.  It is our policy to adhere to all applicable federal, state and local rules and regulations.  Safety depends upon the manner in which we handle propane, the safety devices inherent to the design of this facility, the safe handling procedures that we use and the training of our personnel. 
This facility complies with NFPA-58 requirements for LP-Gas storage.  If an emergency were to occur, it is our policy to notify the local fire authority. 
A description of your facility and the regulated substance 
s handled: 
The primary purpose of this facility is storage.  We receive propane by transport truck and store it as a liquid in pressurized vessels. Access to the process is restricted to authorized employees and contractors.  The maximum amount of propane that can be stored at this facility is 30,000 gallons (water capacity). 
The worst case and alternative release scenarios: 
The worst-case release scenario is failure of one 30,000 gallon tank when filled to its maximum allowable capacity (88% @ 60 F), resulting in a vapor cloud explosion.  The distance to the endpoint of 1 psi overpressure is 0.39 miles, based on the equations in Appendix C of EPA's Offsite Consequence Analysis Guidance Manual.  This distance extends beyond the facility boundary and there are estimated to be 25 residents and commercial/industrial areas within the distance to endpoint. 
The alternative release scenario is failure of a 12 foot length of 3 inch hose due to pull-away after loading.  The excess flow valv 
es function to stop the flow.  The contents of the hose are released.  The vapor expands, and upon finding an ignition source, it explodes.  The distance to the endpoint of 1 psi overpressure is 111 feet, based on the equations in Appendix C of EPA's Offsite Consequence Analysis Guidance Manual.  This distance extends beyond the facility boundary and there are no receptors within the distance to endpoint. 
The general accidental release prevention program and chemical-specific prevention steps: 
This facility complies with EPA's accident prevention rule and all applicable state and local codes and regulations.  The propane system is designed, installed, and maintained in accordance with NFPA-58 and state law. 
Process Safety Information 
We maintain safety information that describes the chemical hazards, operating parameters and equipment designs associated with our propane storage facilities. 
Process Hazard Review 
Our Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHSS) team conducts c 
omprehensive studies and reviews to ensure that hazards associated with our processes are identified and controlled efficiently. These activities are undertaken by a team of qualified personnel with expertise in process operations and are revalidated at a regular interval.  Any findings related to the hazard analysis are addressed in a timely manner. 
Operating Procedures 
We maintain written operating procedures for operation of the propane storage facility.  These procedures address various modes of operation including initial startup, normal operations, temporary operations, emergency shutdown, emergency operations, normal shutdown and startup after a turnaround.  The information is readily accessible to operators. 
We have a comprehensive training program in place to ensure that employees who are operating processes are competent in the operating procedures associated with these processes.  Refresher training is provided at least every three years. 
Our EHSS tea 
m performs thorough annual maintenance inspections on process equipment to ensure proper operations.  Basic visual inspections are performed by facility operators on a more frequent basis during loading and unloading of propane delivery vehicles.  Process equipment examined by these checks includes: pressure vessels, storage tanks, piping systems, relief and vent systems, emergency shutdown systems, controls and pumps.  Maintenance operations are performed by qualified personnel that have been trained in safe maintenance practices.  Any equipment deficiencies are corrected in a safe and timely manner. 
Compliance Audits 
We conduct compliance audits on a regular basis to confirm that the provisions set out under the RMP rule are being implemented.  These audits are performed at least every 3 years and any corrective actions required as a result of the audits are undertaken in a timely manner. 
Incident Investigation 
We promptly investigate any incident that has resulted in, or could rea 
sonably result in, a catastrophic release of propane.  These investigations are undertaken to identify the situation leading to the incident as well as any corrective actions to prevent the incident from reoccurring.  All reports are retained for a minimum of 5 years. 
Five-year accident history: 
Due to our comprehensive safety program, this facility has never had an accident involving propane that caused deaths, injuries, property or environmental damage, evacuations, or shelterings in place. 
The emergency response program: 
It is company policy for each of our facilities to maintain an Emergency Action Plan & Emergency Response Plan.  This plan addresses chemical inventory, evacuation procedures and instructions for notifying emergency response agencies.  This plan is reviewed on an annual basis and is included in the employee training program.  In the event of an emergency, it is our policy to notify the local emergency response agency and request that they respond to the emergen 
Planned changes to improve safety: 
We will continue to implement our safety program to guarantee that our facility is operated in a safe and reliable manner and to ensure the safety of our employees and the surrounding community.
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