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Occidental Chemical Corporation Convent Plant

Parent Companies:
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
EPA Facility ID:
100000099323
Other ID:
70723CCDNTHIGHW
Facility DUNS:
98168206
Parent Company DUNS:
6908354

Location:

Address:
7377 Highway 3214
Convent, LA 70723
County:
ST. JAMES
Lat / Long:
30.057, -90.831 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Photo
Description:
Other
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:
24000

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Occidental Chemical Corporation
Phone:
(225) 562-9200
Address:
7377 Highway 3214
Convent, LA 70723 -2503
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Richard P Bergeron II
Title:
Environmental Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Richard P Bergeron II
Title:
Environmental Manager
Phone:
(225) 562-9395
24-hour phone:
(225) 562-9382
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(225) 562-9200
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
St. James Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
141
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
Yes
CAA Permit ID#:
2560-00019-V4
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
June 5, 2013
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Alkalies and Chlorine Mau
RMP ID:
1000053329
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Other Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing (32518)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Chlorine
7782-50-5
10,700,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
June 5, 2014
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
5-year update (40 CFR 68.190(b)(1))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000043247

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 Alkalies and Chlorine Mau)
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:
Rural
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 Alkalies and Chlorine Mau)
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:
Rural
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Enclosures
  • Berms
  • Drains
  • Sumps
Active mitigation
considered:
  • Excess flow valve
  • Emergency shutdown
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers

4. Flammables: Worst-case

None

5. Flammables: Alternative release

None

6. Five-year accident history

Jan. 8, 2013 at 20:10
ID:
1000033990
NAICS:
Other Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing (32518)
Duration:
1 minutes
Chemicals involved:
  • Chlorine
Release events:
Gas release
Weather conditions at time of event
Wind speed:
14.0 miles/h NE
Temperature:
60.00 ℉
Atmospheric stability:
D
Precipitation present:
No
Unknown weather conditions:
No
On-site impacts
Deaths of employees or contractors:
0
Deaths of public responders:
0
Deaths of public:
0
Injuries of employees or contractors:
1
Injuries of public responders:
0
Injuries of public:
0
Property damage:
$0
Known off-site impacts
Deaths:
0
Hospitalizations:
0
Medicals treatments:
0
Evacuated:
0
Sheltered-in-place:
0
Property damage:
$0
Environmental damage:
Initiating event:
Unknown
Contributing factors:
  • Improper procedure
  • Written SOP did not include PPE for vapor exposure.
Off-site responders notified:
No, not notified
Changes introduced as a result of the accident:
  • Improved/upgraded equipment
  • Revised training
  • Revised operating procedures

7. Prevention: Program level 3

Alkalies and Chlorine Mau, Other Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing (32518)
Prevention Program ID:
1000044815
Safety Review Date
Jan. 23, 2014, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
June 28, 2010, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Fire
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Scrubbers
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Emergency Air Supply
  • Emergency Power
  • Backup Pump
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Rupture Disks
  • Excess Flow Device
Mitigation Systems
  • Neutralization
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Jan. 23, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Dec. 26, 2012, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Feb. 27, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
June 19, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Jan. 23, 2014
Management of Change Review Date
Aug. 20, 2010
Pre-startup Review Date
May 6, 2014
Compliance Audit Date
April 15, 2013
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
April 15, 2013
Incident Investigation Date
Jan. 8, 2013
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
July 8, 2013
Participation Plan Review Date
June 24, 2013
Hot Work Review Date
Jan. 4, 2013
Contractor Safety Review Date
Sept. 1, 2009, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
April 10, 2013, 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 8, 2014
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(225) 562-2200
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



Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem), a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, owns and operates a chlor-alkali and ethylene dichloride manufacturing facility in Convent, LA. The OxyChem Convent facility began operations in 1981, operates with 120 employees, and produces chlorine, caustic soda, hydrogen, and ethylene dichloride.



Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies at the Stationary Source (A? 68.155(a))



OxyChem is committed to operating the Convent facility in a manner that is safe for its workers, the public, and the environment. Part of this commitment includes the establishment of systems for the safe operation of processes to prevent accidental releases of hazardous substances and the development of emergency response policies to respond to emergency situations which at a minimum are consistent with applicable federal, state, and local regulations.



The Stationary Source and Regulated Substances Handled (A? 68.155(b))



The OxyChem Convent facility consists of several chemical production units that are wholly owned and operated by OxyChem. The facility conducted a threshold determination consistent with 40 CFR 68.115 and has identified one substance regulated under the Risk Management Plan (RMP): Chlorine (CAS Number 7782-50-5).



The General Accidental Release Prevention Program and the Specific Prevention Steps (A? 68.155(d))



The OxyChem Convent facilityA?s prevention program has been prepared to be consistent with OSHA Process Safety Management and the EPA Risk Management Plan regulations. The siteA?s prevention program is documented, routinely reviewed, updated as necessary, and addresses several elements including:



Process Safety Information

Process Hazard Analysis

Operating Procedures

Training

Mechanical Integrity

Management of Change

Pre-Startup Review

Compliance Audits

Incident Investigation

Employee Participation

Key Procedures


Contractors



Five-year Accident History (A? 68.155(e))



On January 8, 2013 at 20:10 a one minute release of gaseous Chlorine (7782-50-5) (T) occurred from a process vessel as an employee was performing a routine task. A single employee received an eye irritation as a result and was treated with prescription eye drops which classifies the injury as an OSHA Recordable. The employee was wearing personal protective equipment as prescribed by standard operating procedure, however the possibility of a vapor release was not anticipated and therefore the personal protective equipment in use was not adequate. The standard operating procedure was updated to include personal protective equipment for vapor release and all employees who perform that task were trained.



Emergency Response Program (A? 68.155(f))



The OxyChem Convent facility has established a written emergency response plan and maintains an emergency response team trained in these emergency response procedures. All plant personnel are trained in evacuation procedures and periodic in-plant drills are conducted. The drills are used to gauge the response time of the Emergency Response Team, the accuracy of the plant employee accountability program, and the mobilization of the plant's Emergency Command Center. In addition, the OxyChem Convent facility has developed a Special Situations Plan for responding to emergencies which may impact areas beyond the immediate plant boundaries. This plan is a supplement of and complement to the Emergency Response Plan. The Special Situation Plan links the local response to the OxyChem Corporate Emergency Response Center located in Dallas, Texas.



The facility is a member of the St. James Parish Local Emergency Planning Committee (A?LEPCA?), which includes industrial and public entities.



Planned Changes to Improve Safety (A? 68.155(g))



The OxyChem Convent facility continually works to improve safety through annual reviews of our plant process safety infor
mation, investigations of near misses and incidents, by soliciting feedback on safety and environmental issues from all facility employees, and through continued support of OSHAA?s Voluntary Protection Program as a VPP Star Worksite.



Certification Statement



To the best of the undersigned's knowledge, information, and belief formed after reasonable inquiry, the information submitted is true, accurate, and complete.







Provided through eSubmit David M. Foreman

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Plant Manager June 11, 2009

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