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Air Products, New Orleans H2 Facility

Parent Companies:
Air Products and Chemicals Inc
EPA Facility ID:
100000038611
Other ID:
70129RPRDC14700
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company DUNS:
3001070

Location:

Address:
14700 Intracoastal Drive
New Orleans, LA 70129
County:
ORLEANS
Lat / Long:
30.029, -89.901 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Photo
Description:
Plant Entrance (General)
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:
24000

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc
Phone:
(504) 254-1590
Address:
14700 Intracoastal Drive
New Orleans, LA 70129 -2399
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Dan J. Diller
Title:
Facility Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Dan J. Diller
Title:
Facility Manager
Phone:
(504) 254-6292
24-hour phone:
(225) 620-6325
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(504) 254-1590
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Orleans Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
32
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
Yes
CAA Permit ID#:
2140-00016-V5
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
Feb. 4, 2016
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

H2 Plt/Storage
RMP ID:
1000069545
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Industrial Gas Manufacturing (32512)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Flammable Mixture
00-11-11
23,809
No
Hydrogen
1333-74-0
735,386
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
William A. Buterbaugh
Address:
7201 Hamilton Blvd.
Allentown, PA 18195
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(610) 481-7906

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
Feb. 10, 2016
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
Voluntary update (not described by any of the above reasons)
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000055637

Deregistration:

Date:
Effective Date:
Reason:
Other Reason:

2. Toxics: Worst-case

None

3. Toxics: Alternative release

None

4. Flammables: 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 H2 Plt/Storage)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Blast walls

5. Flammables: 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 H2 Plt/Storage)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Fire wall
  • Blast walls
  • Enclosures
Active mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Excess flow valve

6. Five-year accident history

No Registered Accidents

7. Prevention: Program level 3

H2 Plt/Storage, Industrial Gas Manufacturing (32512)
Prevention Program ID:
1000058151
Safety Review Date
Dec. 4, 2015, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Dec. 4, 2015, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • Checklist
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Runaway reaction
  • Polymerization
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Flares
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Keyed Bypass
  • Emergency Power
  • Backup Pump
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Rupture Disks
  • Excess Flow Device
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • Dikes
  • Deluge System
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
  • Perimeter Monitors
Changes since PHA
  • None Recommended
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Jan. 19, 2016, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
April 13, 2015, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Feb. 4, 2016, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Jan. 30, 2016, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Jan. 18, 2016
Management of Change Review Date
April 3, 2015
Pre-startup Review Date
Feb. 4, 2016
Compliance Audit Date
Feb. 21, 2013
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
May 30, 2014
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
Jan. 31, 2015
Hot Work Review Date
Jan. 31, 2012
Contractor Safety Review Date
Aug. 31, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Dec. 12, 2014, 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:
Dec. 22, 2015
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(504) 524-1376
Subject To - OSHA EAP:
No
Subject To - OSHA HAZWOPER:
Yes
Subject To - CWA:
No
Subject To - RCRA:
Yes
Subject To - OPA:
No
Subject To - State EPCRA:
Yes
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

Executive Summary





Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

New Orleans, Louisiana Hydrogen Facility

Louisiana LDEQ Facility Identification Number 2062





At this facility, we manufacture gaseous and liquid hydrogen. Natural gas and steam are used in the manufacturing process to produce hydrogen. The flammable mixture used to produce hydrogen, in the amounts handled by our facility, are considered hazardous by the EPA. It is our policy to adhere to all applicable Federal and state rules and regulations. Air Products manages the safety of the regulated processes by means of operating procedures, equipment testing and inspections, safety devices (e.g., alarms, shutdowns, instrumentation, relief devices) inherent in the design of this facility and other controls and systems designed to prevent accidental release of hazardous chemicals. Safe work practices and training of our personnel supplement the inherent safe design of the plant.



Our emergency response program is based upon OSHA's HAZWOPER regulation. The emergency response plan includes procedures for the notification of the local fire authority and Hazardous Materials unit.



This document has been prepared in accordance with the EPA's Risk Management Plan regulation (40 CFR, Part 68). The substances and processes considered during the preparation of this RMP and the scenarios described were selected based on criteria established in the regulation.



One of the principal purposes of this facility is to manufacture gaseous hydrogen. This facility manufactures liquid and gaseous hydrogen. Hydrogen is used by our customers in their manufacturing processes. Natural gas is received by our plant via pipeline and used as our feedstock. The feedstock is mixed with steam and sent to the reformer furnace. In the reformer furnace, the feedstock and steam are heated in the presence of a catalyst to approximately 1,500 degrees F, where a chemical reaction takes place that converts the mixture into hydrogen, carbo
n monoxide and carbon dioxide. The carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are then separated from the hydrogen. The pure hydrogen is then compressed and delivered to our customers via pipeline or sent to a liquefier where the gas is cooled and stored as a liquid for delivery to our customers via tank truck.



The facility complies with the Federal EPA's Accidental Release Prevention Plan, and OSHA'ss Process Safety Management (PSM) regulation. The design and construction of the facility complies with applicable state and industry codes.





The facility's emergency response program is based upon OSHA's HAZWOPER standard. At this site, employees are trained to recognize emergencies and initiate emergency response from the LEPC and outside agencies. The employees receive annual refresher training in their role in the emergency plan. Emergency response activities have also been coordinated with the New Orleans Fire Department and other appropriate local responders so that appropriate measures can be taken to control accidental releases. Periodic drills are conducted to review the effectiveness of our emergency procedures.