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Albemarle Corporation Process Development Center

Parent Companies:
Albemarle Corporation
EPA Facility ID:
100000072823
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company DUNS:
825080096

Location:

Address:
Gulf States Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
County:
EAST BATON ROUGE
Lat / Long:
30.494, -91.179 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Digital map source (TIGER)
Description:
Plant Entrance (Freight)
Horizonal accuracy:
40 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Albemarle Corporation
Phone:
(980) 299-5700
Address:
4350 Congress Street
Suite 700
Charlotte, NC 28209
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
George Welsh
Title:
Plant Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Matt Lynch
Title:
Corporate Regulatory Affairs
Phone:
(225) 388-7399
24-hour phone:
(225) 252-5433
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(225) 359-2011
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
East Baton Rouge LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
319
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:
April 6, 2015
Inspecting Agency:
OSHA
Using Predictive Filing:
Yes

Processes:

Process Development Cente
RMP ID:
1000083633
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
All Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing (32599)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Bromine
7726-95-6
106,500
No
Ethyl ether [Ethane, 1,1'-oxybis-]
60-29-7
56,290
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
James E. Torres
Address:
Process Development Center
Gulf States Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(225) 359-2477

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
Nov. 20, 2017
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
Process no longer covered (source has other processes that remain covered) (40 CFR 68.190(b)(7))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000066717

Deregistration:

Date:
Effective Date:
Reason:
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 Process Development Cente)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
Physical state:
Liquid
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Release duration (mins):
9999.90
Wind speed (meters per sec):
1.5
Stability class:
F
Topography:
Urban
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • Dikes
  • Drains
  • Sumps
  • Sump is capped
not considered:
  • Enclosures
  • Berms

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 Process Development Cente)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
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:
  • None
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Enclosures
  • Berms
  • Drains
  • Sumps
Active mitigation
considered:
  • Emergency shutdown
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Excess flow valve
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers

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 Process Development Cente)
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 Process Development Cente)
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

Process Development Cente, All Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing (32599)
Prevention Program ID:
1000070491
Safety Review Date
March 13, 2017, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
March 13, 2017, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • None
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Scrubbers
  • Flares
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Emergency Air Supply
  • Emergency Power
  • Backup Pump
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Rupture Disks
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
July 10, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
April 15, 2016, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
May 9, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Sept. 15, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Sept. 16, 2017
Management of Change Review Date
April 27, 2015
Pre-startup Review Date
Sept. 17, 2017
Compliance Audit Date
April 6, 2015
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Dec. 31, 2015
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
Sept. 4, 2014
Hot Work Review Date
July 15, 2017
Contractor Safety Review Date
Feb. 12, 2015, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
April 20, 2017, 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:
Sept. 27, 2017
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(225) 389-3035
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

Albermarle Corporation Process Development Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70805



2694 LDEQ Facility ID Number



The Albemarle Process Development Center is a production facility which supports R&D efforts for conducting laboratory, pilot plant, and market development scale research to develop chemical processes for new fine chemical products. At this site, Albemarle produces sample quantities (1 kg level) to semi-commercial quantities of various catalysts, flame retardants, agricultural intermediates, and pharmaceutical products. Additionally, Albemarle has truck unloading facilities to receive and store elemental bromine. This bromine has been supplied via pipeline to an adjacent external facility and to processes within the plant for over a decade.



Currently Albemarle has on site RMP covered levels of one toxic chemical (bromine), and one flammable chemical (diethyl ether) that are above RMP threshold quantities. Bromine is used extensively in two processes, 1) the Bromine supply terminal, and 2) manufacture of a polymeric flame retardant, HP-7010. Bromine can be used in lesser quantities in the Pilot Plant Building for process development purposes.



Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies - In its operations, Albemarle is committed to the safety of the surrounding community, as well as protection of the environment. With a strong Process Safety Management program in place, Albemarle combines both passive and active mitigation systems to prevent offsite consequences in the event of a spill of bromine. In addition, our highly trained Emergency Response team is always available to respond to any incident, and bring it quickly under control. Emergency responders are trained annually, and a trained Incident Commander is on site at all times to coordinate emergency response procedures.



Five Year Accident History - There have been no offsite accidents at this location that had any adverse effects to neighboring industry or the co
mmunity.



Planned Changes to Improve Safety - Albemarle is committed to an ever improving safety program to maintain its rating in the top 5% in the chemical industry. We conduct Process Hazards Analyses (PHA) of all chemical operations including lab safety audits for all bench scale processes for new projects. We conduct Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) to improve the quality of PHA studies to ensure thoroughness and effectiveness. We also conduct reactive hazard evaluations on all processes, with the goal of identifying reactive hazards which might occur during normal or upset conditions.



General Accidental Release Prevention Program - Albemarle employs the latest technology in its process controls, monitoring, and mitigation systems to ensure that accidental releases are prevented or the risks associated with them are minimized. Process documentation for covered processes are in compliance with OSHA 1910.119 requirements for Process Safety Management (PSM). Equipment inspections are scheduled and documented to ensure vessel integrities. Bromine storage and handling equipment are either glass-lined carbon steel, kynar lined piping, or nickel piping and vessel. Bromine detectors are maintained and tested on a regular frequency to aid in early detection of bromine releases. Hydrocarbon detectors are strategically located to detect the release of flammable materials.