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Univar USA Inc.--Geismar, LA

Parent Companies:
Univar USA Inc.
EPA Facility ID:
100000047816
Other ID:
70734VNWTR34200
Facility DUNS:
102971785
Parent Company DUNS:
102971785

Location:

Address:
34200 Distribution Lane
Geismar, LA 70734
County:
ASCENSION
Lat / Long:
30.179, -90.981 (Get map)
Method:
Address Matching - House Number
Description:
Plant Entrance (Freight)
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Univar USA Inc.
Phone:
(225) 473-1921
Address:
34200 Distribution Lane
Geismar, LA 70734 -0000
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Dennis Warner
Title:
District Operations Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Dennis Warner
Title:
District Operations Manager
Phone:
(225) 473-1921
24-hour phone:
(225) 445-6609
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

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

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Ascension Parish LEPC/GAMMA
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
28
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
No
CAA Permit ID#:
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
Yes
Last Safety Inspection Date:
Oct. 21, 2009
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
Yes

Processes:

Bulk Storage/Repackaging
RMP ID:
1000018637
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
2
NAICS:
Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Ammonia (conc 20% or greater)
7664-41-7
75,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Containerized Storage
RMP ID:
1000018638
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
2
NAICS:
Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Ammonia (conc 20% or greater)
7664-41-7
44,900
No
Cyclohexylamine [Cyclohexanamine]
108-91-8
25,200
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Repackaging
RMP ID:
1000018639
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
2
NAICS:
Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Cyclohexylamine [Cyclohexanamine]
108-91-8
16,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
July 22, 2010
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
Voluntary update (not described by any of the above reasons)
Registered:
No
RMP ID:
1000014839

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 Bulk Storage/Repackaging)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
30.0
Physical state:
Liquid
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:
  • Dikes
not considered:
  • 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 Bulk Storage/Repackaging)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
30.0
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:
  • Dikes
not considered:
  • 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 Containerized Storage)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
99.9
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:
  • Dikes
not considered:
  • 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

No Prevention Program level 3

8. Prevention Program level 2

Bulk Storage/Repackaging, Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Prevention Program ID:
1000012911
Safety Review Date
July 20, 2010, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
, since latest RMP submission
Safety Regulations
  • NFPA 58
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic Release
  • Fire
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Earthquake
  • Floods
  • Tornado
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Scrubbers
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Alarms
Mitigation Systems
  • Dikes
  • Neutralization
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
Procedure Review Date
May 20, 2010, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
May 21, 2010, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
May 20, 2010, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Oct. 28, 2009, 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
May 20, 2010
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
July 20, 2010
Incident Investigation Date
Sept. 5, 2003
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
Sept. 19, 2003
Participation Plan Review Date
Hot Work Review Date
Contractor Safety Review Date
, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
, since latest RMP submission
Containerized Storage, Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Prevention Program ID:
1000012912
Safety Review Date
Oct. 28, 2009, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
, since latest RMP submission
Safety Regulations
  • NFPA 58
  • OSHA (Ammonia)
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic Release
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Equipment failure
  • Earthquake
  • Floods
  • Tornado
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Scrubbers
Mitigation Systems
  • Dikes
  • Enclosure
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Oct. 28, 2009, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Dec. 3, 2008, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Oct. 28, 2009, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Oct. 28, 2009, 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
June 17, 2009
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Sept. 17, 2009
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
Hot Work Review Date
Contractor Safety Review Date
, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
, since latest RMP submission
Repackaging, Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Prevention Program ID:
1000012913
Safety Review Date
Oct. 28, 2009, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
, since latest RMP submission
Safety Regulations
  • NFPA 58
  • OSHA (Ammonia)
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic Release
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Equipment failure
  • Earthquake
  • Floods
  • Tornado
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Check Valves
  • Scrubbers
  • Alarms
  • Grounding Equipment
Mitigation Systems
  • Dikes
  • Enclosure
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • Classroom
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Oct. 28, 2009, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Dec. 3, 2008, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Oct. 28, 2009, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Oct. 28, 2009, 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
June 17, 2009
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Sept. 17, 2009
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
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. 5, 2008
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(225) 673-3396
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:
Yes
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Univar USA Inc is a wholesale chemical distributor serving a number of U.S. Industries. The original company, Van Waters & Rogers Inc was founded in 1924. In 2001, the name was changed to Vopak USA Inc and then in 2002 the name was changed to Univar USA Inc. Univar USA Inc supplies the food industry, chemical compounders, pharmaceuticals, mining, forest products, oil and gas producers, electronics, coating and many other key industries with the chemical raw materials required to produce or refine products used in numerous end-use markets.

Univar USA Inc is a member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) and complies with the Responsible Distribution Process (RDP), an environmental, health and safety improvement initiative.

Some of the products stored and handled by Univar USA Inc are subject to EPA's Risk Management Program rule (40 CFR Part 68). A key requirement of this rule is the preparation and submission of an RMP Plan, contained herein. The contents of the RMP Plan are prescribed by EPA, including this Executive Summary.

CORPORATE PREVENTION AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE APPROACH

1. Prevention program: The process that is regulated under EPA's RMP rule is subject under Program 2 Prevention program. Univar USA Inc has documented the Prevention Program in its Process Safety Management Manual. Briefly, this program includes provisions and requirements for: Safety Information; Hazard Review; Operating Procedures; Training; Maintenance; Compliance Audits; Incident Investigation.

2. Emergency Response Approach: Univar USA Inc has an Emergency Contingency Plan in place. This plan is shared with local emergency responders who have access to Univar USA Inc facility personnel (and up-to-date phone numbers). Univar USA Inc responds to minor incidents but will call in professional emergency responders in the event of all other incidents.

Univar USA Inc invites and encourages local emergency responders such as
the fire department to visit and familiarize themselves with Univar USA Inc products and facilities. Joint emergency exercises are conducted when possible.

STATIONARY SOURCE AND REGULATED SUBSTANCES HANDLED: Our facility's primary activities encompass Chemical Repackaging, Storage & Distribution. We have two RMP-regulated substances stored above threshold limits: Ammonium Hydroxide; Cyclohexylamine.

GENERAL ACCIDENT RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM: Our facility has taken all the necessary steps to comply with the accidental release prevention requirements set out under 40 CFR Part 68 of the EPA including: 1. Safety Information-Univar USA Inc. maintains a detailed record of safety information that describes the chemical hazards, operating parameters and equipment designs associated with all processes. 2. Hazard Review-Our facility conducts comprehensive studies to ensure that hazards associated with our processes are identified and controlled efficiently. The methodology used to carry out these analyses is the "What-If" technique. The studies are undertaken by a team of qualified personnel with expertise in engineering and process operations and are revalidated at a regular interval of five years. Any finding related to the hazard analysis are addressed in a timely manner. 3. Operating Procedures-For the purposes of safely conducting activities within our covered processes, Univar USA Inc maintains written operating procedures. These procedures address various modes of operation such as initial startup, normal operations, temporary operations, emergency shutdown, emergency operations, normal shutdown and startup after a turnaround. The information is regularly reviewed and is readily accessible to operators involved in the processes. 4. Training-Univar USA Inc has a comprehensive training program in place to ensure that employees who are operating processes are competent in the operating procedures associated with these processes. Refresher training is
provided at least every year and more frequently as needed. 5. Maintenance-Univar USA Inc carries out highly documented maintenance checks on process equipment to ensure proper operations. Process equipment examined by these checks include among others: storage tanks, piping systems, relief and vent systems, controls and pumps. Maintenance operations are carried out by qualified personnel. Any equipment deficiencies identified by the maintenance checks are corrected in a safe and timely manner. 6. Compliance Audits-Univar USA Inc conducts audits on a regular basis to determine whether the provisions set out under the RMP rule are being implemented. These audits are carried out at least every 2 years and any corrective actions required as a result of the audits are undertaken in a safe and prompt manner. 7. Incident Investigation-Univar USA Inc promptly investigates any incident that has resulted in, or could reasonably result in a catastrophic release of a regulated substance. These investigations are undertaken to identify the situation leading to the incident as well as any corrective actions to prevent the release from reoccurring. All reports are retained for a minimum of 5 years. 8. Contractors-On occasion, our company hires contractors to conduct specialized maintenance and construction activities. Prior to selecting a contractor, a thorough evaluation of safety performance of the contractor is carried out. Univar USA Inc has a strict policy of informing the contractors of known potential hazards related to the contractor's work and the processes. Contractors are also informed of all the procedures for emergency response should an accidental relaese of a regulated substance occur.

FIVE-YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY: Univar USA Inc has had an excellent record of preventing accidental releases over the last 5 years. Due to our stringent release prevention policies, no accidental release of the RMP substances listed above has occurred during this period.


EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN: Univar USA Inc is strongly committed to employee, public and environmental safety. This commitment is demonstrated by our comprehensive accidental release prevention program that covers areas such as design, installation, operating procedures, maintenance, and employee training associated with tthe processes at our facillty. It is our policy to implement appropriate controls to prevent possible releases of regulated substances. Unforeseeably, if such a release does occur, our highly trained emergency response personnel are at hand to control and mitigate the effects of the release. We are also completely coordinated with the local Fire Department which provides additional emergency response expertise.

Univar USA Inc carries a written emergency response plan to deal with accidental releases of hazardous materials. The plan includes all aspects of emergency response including adequate first aid and medical treatment, evacuations, notification of local emergency response agencies and the public, as well as post-incident decontamination of affected areas.

To ensure proper functioning, our emergency response equipment is regularly inspected and serviced. In addition, the plan is proptly updated to reflect any pertinent changes taking place within our processes that would require a modified emergency response.

Update History :
RMP submission was updated in July 2010 post Region 6 EPA to reflect .9 thenths mile worse case radius based upon RMP comp recalculation of 30% Ammonium Hydroxide full tank release of 75000 lbs at 90 degrees (High average temperature) instead of prior plans 60 degree (average temperature).

CERTIFICATION STATEMENT: The undersigned certifies that to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief, formed after resaonable inquiry, the information submitted is true, accurate and complete.

Name: ___Mark Hess_____________________________________

Signature: _____________Mark Hess________________
____________

Title: ________Regional Regulatory Manager__________

Date Signed: ____________07/20/2010______________________________