Rising Sun Fertilizer Plant - Executive Summary
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY STATEMENT |
Farmers Supply Cooperative A.A.L. is a supplier of Anhydrous Ammonia to the local members of The cooperative for farm fertilizer usage. Our anhydrous ammonia storage tanks are empty 10 months out of the year due to the planting season in our area. Because of the drop in usage of anhydrous ammonia for fertilizer in the past years we are considering discounting the use of this storage facility and sale of anhydrous ammonia at the end of this year. A decision will be made concerning this matter in December of 1999. Because the tank is not purged and contains tank pressure we are not filing predictively.
This storage tank is located 3.8 miles south of Greenwood MS in the Rising Sun community. It consist of (1) one 27500-gallon storage tank, which is empty 10 months out of the year, and the associated piping, control valves, pump and motor and a loading and unloading bulk head. It is used to fill 250 gallon and 500 gallon farm tanks with an
hydrous ammonia for use as fertilizer for local cotton, soybean, corn and misc. crops. The storage tank is fenced and locked when not in use. This storage facility meets or exceeds all local and federal installation and safety regulations as required by the state of Mississippi and EPA, OSHA, DOT and NFPA.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE and ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION
Through our company policies on safety training, equipment inspection and maintenance, facility security, and regulatory compliance it is our belief that safety and prevention remain at a high level throughout the year. In the event of an emergency or incident our company Emergency Response Policy and Plan requires employees to contact the Leflore County Fire Department, the Leflore County Emergency Response Team, the MS Highway Patrol, and the County Sheriff Department. Additional incident notification is made to Chemtrec the MS Emergency Response Network and the MS Department of Environmental Quality.
WORST CASE AND ALTERNATIV
E RELEASE SCENARIOS
The worst case scenario would be a failure in a tank weld developing a hole in the tank. This would release approximately 1000lbs of product at the rate of 10lbs per minute creating a toxic vapor cloud that would extend off site. There are public receptors (homes) that would be involved in a worst case scenario that would require evacuation. Depending on ambient temperature this vapor cloud would dissipate to safe levels within 1 to 3 hours. In the case of a alternative release, like a hose rupture, a vapor cloud may still extend off site but the likelihood of public receptors being involved is minimal due to the distance of these public receptors.
GENERAL ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM AND CHEMICAL SPECIFIC PREVENTION PLAN
This facility is in compliance with all state and federal regulations and safety requirements. It is maintained in accordance with regulations and our company policies that exceed those requirements. Valve locks and a locked perimeter fen
ce are used to deter vandalism along with area lighting and weekly site inspections. Employee training of specific product handling procedures are provided annually and discussed in monthly company safety meetings. Our emergency response notification is explained above.
FIVE YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY
There has never been an accident or release at this facility that caused injuries, deaths, property damage or evacuations.
PLANNED CHANGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY
The only change to our company policy that would impact our safety status will be the required notification of the local Leflore county fire department when product is delivered to this tank. Notification will be made in the form of direct contact and a letter of documentation will be on file in our office.