Concordia - Valley Fertilizer of Concordia - Executive Summary

| Accident History | Chemicals | Emergency Response | Registration | Source | Executive Summary |

Jarold W. Boettcher    Telephone (785)738-4181 
President    Fax (785)738-4256 
424 East Elliott 
P.O. Box 486 
Beloit, KS  67420 
For further information contact:  Larry Brundridge, Plant Manager 
Risk Management Plan - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 
 1.  The Facility Policy 
   The owners, management, and employees of Valley Fertilizer are committed to the 
prevention of any accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia.  If an accidental release 
should occur, the facility is prepared to work with the local fire company, or other 
authorities, to mitigate any release and minimize the impact of the release to people and 
the environment. 
 2.  Facility Information 
   - Valley Fertilizer, West Hwy 9, Concordia, KS  66901, (785)243-2646 
      Northwest corner of Concordia, north of Hwy 9, south of RR tracks. 
   - The primary activity at the facility is the storage of fertilizers for sale to farmers. 
   - Anhydrous ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for direct application. 
   - The m 
aximum quantity stored would be 110,000 pounds in our two 12,000 
gallon storage tanks.   
 3.  The worst-case release scenario and the alternative release scenario. 
   a.  The worst-case release scenario would be the release of the total contents of a 
storage tank released as a gas over 10 minutes.  The maximum quantity released would be 
53,000 pounds, which represents the volume of the largest storage tank at 85 percent 
capacity as limited by design standards.  The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion 
to 200 ppm) is 1.63 miles. 
   b.  The alternative release scenario based on the five-year accident history (or the 
most likely potential incident is a release from a pipe leak.  The distance to the endpoint 
(point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is 0.47 miles. 
 4.  The accidental release prevention program. 
   The facility has implemented the provisions of "Safety Requirements for the 
Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia, K-61.1", published by The American 
National Standards Ins 
titute, Inc., and the standards of the U.S. Occupational Safety and 
Health Administration (OSHA), 29  CFR 1910.111, "Storage and handling of anhydrous 
 5.  The Five-year Accident History  
   The following is a list of accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia in the past five 
   years that have occurred at the facility:         
   -  7/14/94; released from transfer hose; caused by human error; no onsite or offsite 
       injuries occurred. 
 6.  The emergency response program. 
   - The facility has: 
   a.  a written emergency action plan, in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 CFR 
   b.  provided state and local authorities the emergency planning and community 
       right-to-know information as required under SARA Title III (EPCRA). 
   c.  a written emergency response program, in accordance with OSHA standard, 29 
       CFR 1910.120, including pre-emergency planning and employee training. 
 7.  Planned changes to improve safety. 
   Safety improvement is an on-going process at the facil 
ity.  Periodic evaluations are 
performed to assess the maintenance of safe conditions.  There are no additional specific 
anhydrous ammonia safety recommendations for implementation at this time.
Click to return to beginning