Utica Elevator Company - Tonica Plant - Executive Summary
1. The facility policy. The owners, management, and employees of Utica Elevator Co. Are
committed to the prevention of any accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia by utilization of
proper equipment, regular inspections and maintenance and training of all persons that work
with the material. Should an accidental release occur, the facility has oriented the local fire
department and the local emergency planning committee so they can plan for a response to any
release and minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment.
2. Facility information. The primary activity at the facility is the storage of anhydrous ammonia
for sale to farmers. Anhydrous ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for direct application
as a crop production nutrient. The maximum quantity stored would be 140,196 pounds in the
facility's tank. The capacities of each of this tank is 30,000 gallons.
3. The worst-case release scenario would be the release of the total contents of the storage tank
released as a gas over 10 minutes. The maximum quantity released would be 140196, which
represents the volume of the strorage tank at 85% capacity as limited by the design standards
and company procedures. The distance to the endpoint of dispersion based on the model used is
The alternative-case release scenario is assumed to be a release from the rupture of a 2 inch
transfer hose, with 11,908 pounds released over 2 minutes. The distance to the endpoint of
dispersion is .56 miles.
4. The accidental release program: the facility complies with the Rules and Regulations relating
to The Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia and Low Pressure Nitrogen Solutions, Equipment,
Containers and Storage Facilities. These regulations administered by the Illinois Department of
Agriculture are consistent with ANSI K61.1 and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.111 regarding storage and
handling of anhydrous ammonia.
5. The Five-Year Accident History. There have been no accidental releases of anhydrous
the covered process in the past five years that have caused any deaths, injuries, or
significant property damage on site, nor to our knowledge, have any accidental releases resulted
in offsite deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage or environmental
6. The Emergency Response Program: The facility has a written emergency action plan in
accordance with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.38 and provide state and local authorities the
right-to-know information as required under SARA Title III of EPCRA. Our emergency response
action plan has been reviewed with the local fire department and provided to the local
emergency planning committee for coordination in the community response planning.
7. 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 practices and operations.
There are no additional specific anhydrous ammonia safety recommendations for
mentation at this time.