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Air Products, New Orleans HCL Plant

Parent Companies:
Air Products and Chemicals Inc
EPA Facility ID:
100000041796
Other ID:
70129RPRDC14700
Facility DUNS:
41222365
Parent Company DUNS:
3001070

Location:

Address:
14700 Intracoastal Drive
New Orleans, LA 70129
County:
ORLEANS
Lat / Long:
30.028, -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:
124000

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:
Roy N. Steinle
Title:
Facility Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Kenneth M. Reichert
Title:
Lead Operator
Phone:
(504) 254-6285
24-hour phone:
(504) 254-6245
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:
3
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
Yes
CAA Permit ID#:
2140-00016-V2
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
Sept. 1, 1998
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Hydrogen Chloride Plant
RMP ID:
51974
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Hydrogen chloride (anhydrous) [Hydrochloric acid]
7647-01-0
360,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
June 22, 2004
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
5-year update (40 CFR 68.190(b)(1))
Registered:
No
RMP ID:
36061

Deregistration:

Date:
Effective Date:
Reason:
Other
Other Reason:
Terminated HCL operations and reduced hydrochloric acid below TQ

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 Hydrogen Chloride Plant)
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 Hydrogen Chloride Plant)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
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

Hydrogen Chloride Plant, Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Prevention Program ID:
29918
Safety Review Date
Feb. 1, 2001, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Feb. 1, 2001, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • None
Mitigation Systems
  • Dikes
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
Changes since PHA
  • None Recommended
Training Type
  • Classrom
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Feb. 19, 2004, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Jan. 19, 2004, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Jan. 31, 2003, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Jan. 15, 2003, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Jan. 29, 2004
Management of Change Review Date
Jan. 31, 2004
Pre-startup Review Date
Sept. 22, 2003
Compliance Audit Date
Feb. 4, 1999
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Aug. 1, 1999
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
April 30, 2003
Hot Work Review Date
Aug. 29, 2002
Contractor Safety Review Date
Oct. 31, 2002, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Jan. 31, 2003, 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:
May 14, 2002
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:
No
Subject To - OPA:
No
Subject To - State EPCRA:
No
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary


Executive Summary


Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
New Orleans, Louisiana Hydrogen Chloride Plant
Louisiana LDEQ Facility Identification Number 30592

1. Accidental release prevention and emergency response policies:

At this facility, we transfill anhydrous hydrogen chloride. The hydrogen chloride, in 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 process by means of operating procedures, equipment testing and inspections, safety devices (e.g., alarms, shutdowns, instrumentation, and relief devices) inherent in the design of this facility, and other controls and systems designed to prevent accidental releases of hazardous chemicals. Safe work practices and training of our personnel supplements 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 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.

2. The stationary source and regulated substances handled:

The primary purpose of this facility is the transfilling of anhydrous hydrogen chloride. The hydrogen chloride is brought on site by railcar. From the railcar, the regulated substance is transferred through a series of heat exchangers and pumps to the tube trailers and cylinders. Also, tube trailers and cylinder storage of hydrogen chloride are maintained.

The regulated substance handled at this facility is the anhydrous hydrogen chloride. The maximum amount of this substance contained in the transfill process is 360,00 pounds of anhydrous
hydrogen chloride.

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

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

4. Five-year accident history:

This facility came on line in 1995. There have been no accidents involving or accidental releases of toxic substance that resulted in any deaths, injuries, or significant property damage on site, or known off-site deaths, injuries, evacuations, sheltering in place, property damage, or environmental damage.

5. The emergency response program:

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 outside agencies. They have been trained to OSHA?s Specialist or Technician Level. 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 its Hazmat Team for releases related to the toxic process. Periodic drills are conducted with these agencies to review the effectiveness of our emergency procedures.

6. Planned changes to improve safety:

This facility resolves recommendations from PHA?s and Incident Investigations, some of which may result in modifications to the plant design and operating procedures.