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Harcros Chemicals Inc. - St. Gabriel

Parent Companies:
Harcros Chemicals Inc.
EPA Facility ID:
100000012158
Other ID:
70776HRCRS3920H
Facility DUNS:
40782252
Parent Company DUNS:
194128765

Location:

Address:
3920 Highway 30
St. Gabriel, LA 70776
County:
IBERVILLE
Lat / Long:
30.250, -91.085 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Photo
Description:
Center of Facility
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:
24000

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Harcros Chemicals Inc.
Phone:
(913) 621-7891
Address:
5200 Speaker Road
Kansas City, KS 66106
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Ryan Doyle
Title:
Director of Eng and Environment

Emergency contact:

Name:
Wendy Kendrick
Title:
Plant Manager
Phone:
(225) 642-8391
24-hour phone:
(225) 445-6217
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Iberville Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
9
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
No
CAA Permit ID#:
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
Nov. 15, 2017
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Cl2 & SO2 Storage
RMP ID:
1000084113
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Chlorine
7782-50-5
180,000
No
Sulfur dioxide (anhydrous)
7446-09-5
60,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Vinay Nair
Address:
5132 Trenton Street
Tampa, FL 33619
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(813) 743-5523

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
Dec. 4, 2017
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
5-year update (40 CFR 68.190(b)(1))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000067017

Deregistration:

Date:
Effective Date:
Reason:
Other Reason:

2. Toxics: Worst-case

Some Risk Management Plan information is not provided in the available RMP data. You need to make an appointment at an EPA Reading Room In order to get access to details from the Off-Site Consequence Analysis (OCA) such as:

Instructions on how to make an EPA appointment can be found here.

Public OCA Chemical (in Cl2 & SO2 Storage)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Gas liquified by pressure
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Release duration (mins):
10.00
Wind speed (meters per sec):
1.5
Stability class:
F
Topography:
Urban
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Enclosures
  • Berms
  • Drains
  • Sumps

3. Toxics: Alternative release

Some Risk Management Plan information is not provided in the available RMP data. You need to make an appointment at an EPA Reading Room In order to get access to details from the Off-Site Consequence Analysis (OCA) such as:

Instructions on how to make an EPA appointment can be found here.

Public OCA Chemical (in Cl2 & SO2 Storage)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
Physical state:
Gas liquified by pressure
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Wind speed (meters per sec):
3.00
Stability class:
D
Topography:
Urban
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Enclosures
  • Berms
  • Drains
  • Sumps
Active mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Excess flow valve
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers
  • Emergency shutdown
Public OCA Chemical (in Cl2 & SO2 Storage)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
Physical state:
Gas liquified by pressure
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Wind speed (meters per sec):
3.00
Stability class:
D
Topography:
Urban
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Enclosures
  • Berms
  • Drains
  • Sumps
Active mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Excess flow valve
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers
  • Emergency shutdown

4. Flammables: Worst-case

None

5. Flammables: Alternative release

None

6. Five-year accident history

No Registered Accidents

7. Prevention: Program level 3

Cl2 & SO2 Storage, Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Prevention Program ID:
1000070912
Safety Review Date
Dec. 1, 2017, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Dec. 1, 2017, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • FMEA
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Fire
  • Corrosion
  • Equipment failure
  • Floods
  • Tornado
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • None
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Dec. 1, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Dec. 1, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Dec. 1, 2016, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
July 22, 2016, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
None
Management of Change Review Date
Nov. 9, 2017
Pre-startup Review Date
None
Compliance Audit Date
Nov. 15, 2017
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
March 31, 2018
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
Nov. 1, 2016
Hot Work Review Date
Aug. 3, 2017
Contractor Safety Review Date
April 24, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
None, since latest RMP submission

8. Prevention Program level 2

No Prevention Program level 2

9. Emergency response

Facility In Community Plan:
Yes
Facility Own Response Plan:
No
Specific Facility Response Plan:
Yes
Inform. Procedures in Response Plan:
No
Emergency Care in Response Plan:
Yes
Plan Review Date:
Response Training Date:
Nov. 1, 2016
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(225) 642-5492
Subject To - OSHA EAP:
No
Subject To - OSHA HAZWOPER:
Yes
Subject To - CWA:
No
Subject To - RCRA:
No
Subject To - OPA:
No
Subject To - State EPCRA:
No
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

1. Accidental release prevention and emergency response policies

The Harcros Chemicals Inc. St. Gabriel facility (Harcros) handles chlorine and sulfur dioxide, which are considered hazardous by the EPA. The same properties that make chlorine and sulfur dioxide valuable as commodity chemicals also make it necessary to observe certain safety precautions to prevent unnecessary human exposure, to reduce the threat to our own personal health as well as that of our co-workers, and to reduce the threat to nearby members of the community. It is Harcros' policy to adhere to all applicable Federal and State rules and regulations. Safety depends upon the manner in which we handle chlorine and sulfur dioxide, and the training of our personnel.

Our emergency response program for chlorine and sulfur dioxide is based upon The Chlorine Institute's Pamphlet 64, Emergency Response Plans for Chlorine Facilities. The emergency response plan includes procedures for notification of the local fire authority and notification of our immediate neighbors.



2. The stationary source and regulated substances handled

One of the primary purposes of this facility is to store chlorine and sulfur dioxide for distribution to our customers which include water treatment facilities and general industry. Chlorine and sulfur dioxide are received in Department of Transportation (DOT) approved 150 pound cylinders and ton containers and are shipped in the same packages. Chlorine and sulfur dioxide are not used, manufactured, or repackaged at this facility. Access to the site is restricted to Harcros employees, and authorized contractors and visitors. The storage of chlorine and sulfur dioxide containers is subject to RMP Program Level 3. A toluene diisocyanate process which was included in the 2013 version of the RMP is no longer active at the facility, and therefore has been removed from the current submittal.



3. The general accidental release prevention program and the specific prevention s
teps

This distribution facility complies with EPA's Accidental Release Prevention Rule and with all applicable state codes and regulations. This facility is operated in accordance with recommendations from The Chlorine Institute and with the Responsible Distribution Process of the National Association of Chemical Distributors.



A summary of our Prevention Program

SAFETY INFORMATION - Our facilities maintain current copies of Safety Data Sheets for all hazardous chemicals stored including Chlorine and Sulfur Dioxide. This facility has access to all relevant Chlorine Institute pamphlets. Much of the information in these pamphlets is applicable to the storage of sulfur dioxide also.

HAZARD REVIEW - A hazard review is conducted for all regulated processes at least every 5 years. For chlorine & sulfur dioxide storage, we primarily use the Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) method. Corrective or preventative actions discovered during these reviews are documented and addressed in a timely manner.



OPERATING PROCEDURES - We have Standard Operating Procedures covering all aspects of storage and movement of containers. The documentation is maintained and updated at the corporate level in the online Safety Management System (SMS) database.



TRAINING - All new drivers and warehouse personnel attend a 3 to 4 day training workshop covering a variety of safety, environmental, and regulatory topics. Workers at facilities that store and transfer chlorine & sulfur dioxide receive additional training on the hazards, health effects, and operating procedures specific to those chemicals. Refresher training is conducted periodically in accordance with the corporate training mandates.



MAINTENANCE - For the sulfur dioxide and chlorine container storage process, we perform visual inspections of containers when received and before loading for delivery to customers. In addition, we perform daily inspections and routine maintenance on the forklift trucks used to mo
ve container. In addition, all containers and vehicles are maintained per U.S. Department of Transportation requirements.



INCIDENT INVESTIGATION - We have an Incident Investigation Standard Operating Procedure which requires operation managers to document and investigate incidents involving injuries and environmental releases, as well as "near-misses" that could have lead to injuries and releases. These reports are reviewed by corporate safety personnel and are shared with all facilities within the company. Corrective actions proposed as a result of these investigations are addressed in a timely manner.



COMPLIANCE AUDIT - The corporate policy has been revised to implement a compliance audit at least every 3 years for every process to assure the documentation and procedures fully comply with the RMP regulations. Deficiencies discovered during audits are corrected in a timely manner.



4. Five year accident history

In the past 5 years, this facility has not experienced any incidents related to the storage and handling of RMP regulated chemicals.



5. The emergency response program

This facility's emergency response program for incidents involving chlorine and sulfur dioxide is based upon The Chlorine Institute's Pamphlet 64, Emergency Response Plans for Chlorine Facilities. This plan is reviewed annually and updated when required. All response team members attend annual refresher training including the use of response equipment on simulated leaks. We work closely with our suppliers, customers, public responders, and The Chlorine Institute to continuously improve our emergency response capabilities.



Our response program is for chlorine and sulfur dioxide leaks only. We will not respond to other types of emergencies, but will assist trained public and private emergency response personnel, if required. In addition to the chlorine response plan, we have a regularly updated Emergency Action Plan, which covers evacuations and notifications for all types of
emergencies.



6. Planned changes to improve safety

We continue to participate in The Chlorine Institute and the National Association of Chemical Distributor programs, and to continue to improve our operations in accordance with Responsible Distribution Guidelines. An improved camera system and chlorine sensors are planned to enhance security at the facility.