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Harcros Chemicals Inc. - Shreveport

Parent Companies:
EPA Facility ID:
100000018269
Other ID:
71107HRCRS1011J
Facility DUNS:
23308869

Location:

Address:
1011 Jack Wells Blvd.
Shreveport, LA 71107
County:
BOSSIER
Lat / Long:
32.866, -93.753 (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) 321-3131
Address:
P.O. Box 2930
Kansas City, KS 66110 -2930
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Rick Hesketh
Title:
Engineering & Environmental Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Brad Buckman
Title:
District Manager
Phone:
(318) 424-7723
24-hour phone:
(318) 347-8411
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

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

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Bossier-Caddo Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
9
Covered by OSHA PSM:
No
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
No
CAA Permit ID#:
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
June 8, 2004
Inspecting Agency:
Fire Department
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Unspecified process
RMP ID:
58155
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
2
NAICS:
Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Chlorine
7782-50-5
100,000
No
Sulfur dioxide (anhydrous)
7446-09-5
55,000
No
Hydrogen fluoride/Hydrofluoric acid (conc 50% or greater) [Hydrofluoric acid]
7664-39-3
10,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
Sept. 20, 2004
Type:
Correction of existing RMP
Reason:
New accident history information
Registered:
No
RMP ID:
40485

Deregistration:

Date:
Effective Date:
Reason:
Source reduced inventory of all regulated substances below TQs
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 Unspecified process)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Gas
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 Unspecified process)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Gas
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 Unspecified process)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Gas
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 Unspecified process)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Liquid
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

July 9, 2004 at 06:15
ID:
6233
NAICS:
Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Duration:
4 hours
Chemicals involved:
  • Chlorine
Release events:
Gas release
Weather conditions at time of event
Wind speed:
6.0 miles/h SE
Temperature:
None ℉
Atmospheric stability:
C
Precipitation present:
No
Unknown weather conditions:
No
On-site impacts
Deaths of employees or contractors:
0
Deaths of public responders:
0
Deaths of public:
0
Injuries of employees or contractors:
0
Injuries of public responders:
0
Injuries of public:
0
Property damage:
$0
Known off-site impacts
Deaths:
0
Hospitalizations:
0
Medicals treatments:
0
Evacuated:
30
Sheltered-in-place:
0
Property damage:
$0
Environmental damage:
  • Tree, lawn, shrub, or crop damage
Initiating event:
Human Error
Contributing factors:
  • Unsuitable equipment
Off-site responders notified:
Notified and Responded
Changes introduced as a result of the accident:
  • Improved/upgraded equipment
  • Re-trained applicable off-site personnel

7. Prevention: Program level 3

No Prevention Program level 3

8. Prevention Program level 2

, Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Prevention Program ID:
22058
Safety Review Date
June 12, 2003, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
, since latest RMP submission
Safety Regulations
  • None
Hazards Identified
  • None
Process Controls
  • None
Mitigation Systems
  • Enclosure
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • Reduced Inventory
  • Increased Inventory
Training Type
  • Classroom
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
March 26, 2004, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
May 8, 2003, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Jan. 21, 1999, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
June 11, 2004, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Management of Change Review Date
Pre-startup Review Date
Compliance Audit Date
April 12, 2004
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Sept. 30, 2004
Incident Investigation Date
July 9, 2004
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
July 23, 2004
Participation Plan Review Date
Hot Work Review Date
Contractor Safety Review Date
, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
, since latest RMP submission

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:
Dec. 13, 2003
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(318) 673-6655
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

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ? SHREVEPORT


1. Accidental release prevention and emergency response policies

In this distribution facility, we store chlorine, sulfur dioxide, and hydrofluoric acid solutions which are considered hazardous by the EPA. The same properties that make chlorine, sulfur dioxide, and hydrofluoric acid solutions 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 our 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 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 purposes of this facility is to store chlorine, sulfur dioxide, and hydrofluoric acid solutions 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. Hydrofluoric Acid solutions are received in 550 pound drums and are shipped in the same packages. Chlorine, sulfur dioxide, and hydrofluoric acid solutions are not used, manufactured, or repackaged at this facility. Access to the site is restricted to Harcros employees, and authorized contractors and visitors. The maximum total inventory of chlorine at this facility is 100,000 pounds. The maximum total inventory of sulfur dioxide stored at this facility is 55,000 pounds. The max
imum total inventory of hydrofluoric acid solution (70% concentration) is 10,000 pounds. Average inventories are much less.


3. The general accidental release prevention program and the specific prevention steps

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.


4. Five year accident history

Within the past 5 years, this facility has had one accidental release which requires reporting in this section. An operator using a truck mounted crane to lift a chlorine ton container onto a flatbed truck tore out one of the fusible plugs on the container. We immediately evacuated the site and notified the Fire Department. The Fire Department evacuated employees at other nearby businesses (about 30) and blocked roads to prevent other people from entering the area. Trained Harcros response personnel with assistance from the Shreveport Fire Department plugged the leak about 4 hours after the leak began. We estimated about a total of 1,000 pounds of chlorine was released, most of which was released in the first few minutes of the incident. There were no injuries or property damage as a result of this release. However, there was damage to grass, shrubs, and trees. Almost all of this environmental damage was confined to Harcros property.

As a result of this incident, we have modified the crane to make it virtually impossible for the ends of the crane hooks to contact the fusible plugs while lifting a ton container. A contributing factor to this incident was the fusible plug was not threaded far enough into the container. We reviewed the proper procedure with the applicable personnel at the off-site facility which filled the container.


5. The emergency response program

This facility?s emergency
response program 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 and personal protective 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 hydrofluoric acid emergencies but will assist trained public and private emergency response personnel if required.


6. Planned changes to improve safety

This distribution facility was constructed in 1970. 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.

In 2003, we developed a new security plan to help guard against intentional misuse of hazardous chemicals. We are continuing to evaluate and implement new security measures by sharing knowledge with other Harcros facilities and general industry.