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Ashland Specialty Chemical Company-Plaquemine, LA

Parent Companies:
Ashland, Inc.
EPA Facility ID:
100000040662
Other ID:
70764LLMNHWY4
Facility DUNS:
362046302
Parent Company DUNS:
5003264

Location:

Address:
26270 Highway 405, River Road South
Plaquemine, LA 70764
County:
IBERVILLE
Lat / Long:
30.261, -91.177 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Digital map source (TIGER)
Description:
Center of Facility
Horizonal accuracy:
m
Horizontal reference datum:
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Ashland Specialty Chemical Company
Phone:
(225) 685-3400
Address:
P. O. Box 716
Plaquemine, LA 70765 -0716
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Ed Steinmetz
Title:
Plant Manager
Email:

Emergency contact:

Name:
Ed Steinmetz
Title:
Plant Manager
Phone:
(225) 685-3400
24-hour phone:
(800) 274-5263
Ext or PIN:
Email:

Other contacts:

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

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Iberville Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
75
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
Yes
CAA Permit ID#:
1280-00009-03
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
April 6, 1999
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Natural Gas (Methane)
RMP ID:
13172
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
1
NAICS:
Petrochemical Manufacturing (32511)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Methane
74-82-8
23,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
June 16, 1999
Type:
First-time submission
Reason:
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
10458

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 Natural Gas (Methane))
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Blast walls

5. Flammables: Alternative release

None

6. Five-year accident history

No Registered Accidents

7. Prevention: Program level 3

No Prevention Program level 3

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:
No
Inform. Procedures in Response Plan:
No
Emergency Care in Response Plan:
No
Plan Review Date:
Response Training Date:
None
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(225) 687-7335
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

The accidental release prevention and emergency response policies at your facility:

Ashland Specialty Chemical Company relies on numerous programs to ensure early identification of and proper response to potential emergencies, including:

-training and drills in emergency preparedness, hazardous materials training, disaster response and control, first-aid, and fire-and-rescue techniques;
-frequent auditing of all preparedness programs, safety training and education, and;
-regular review, follow-up, and maintenance of all company operations and equipment.

Our facilities regularly invite local fire departments and emergency responders to tour and inspect our plants, participate in joint emergency drills, and gain familiarity with our operations. Many of our employees are members of the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Our facilities have written emergency response plans that are updated regularly.

Ashland facilities typically host open houses every 3 to 5 years as an opportunity for neighbors to learn about our commitment to safety. Ashland makes an effort to support our communities through sponsorship of local activities and participation on many local organizations.

A description of your facility and the regulated substances handled:

This facility is a methanol production process. The regulated substance handled is methane.

For more information, visit our web site at www.ashspec.com or contact the Plant Manager.

The worst-case release scenario:

The USEPA RMP regulations require the worst-case release scenario to assume that the entire contents of the largest vessel of a regulated substance in a process are released. Based on our analysis using USEPA-approved methods, the worst-case release scenario does not affect off-site public receptors, therefore, this facility is classified as Program One.

The general accidental release prevention program and chemical-specific prevention steps.

This facility is operated in strict accordance with writt
en operating and maintenance procedures. Our management system procedures ensure rigorous training for operations employees, numerous management checks and balances, and strict attention to changes in the operations with a thorough review and examination of potential incidents that could lead to accidental releases. Ashland maintains a 24-hour corporate emergency reporting system that can speedily coordinate emergency response with management and quickly communicate key first aid or medical information to local health care providers. This facility has emergency medical treatment information readily available for use in an emergency.

Five-year accident history.

We have never had a release of methane that has had any offsite impacts from our facility.

The emergency response program.

Our employees will not respond offensively to accidental releases of the regulated substance, but will rely on local emergency responders when there is a need for response. Our employees regularly undergo training in defensive emergency response activities. Our facilities regularly invite local fire departments and emergency responders to tour and inspect our plants and gain familiarity with our operations. Our facilities have written emergency response plans that are updated regularly.

Planned changes to improve safety.

Our facility continually evaluates and implements employee suggestions, implements recommendations resulting from routine hazard reviews, and makes changes to improve safety based on comments and information developed within our organization and the industry. Toward continuous improvement we are looking at ways to minimize risk through process improvement, process re-design and formulation substitution. Ashland is committed to the Chemical Manufacturers Association's Responsible CareSM Initiative Management Code on Process Safety.