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Plant C

Parent Companies:
City of Lake Charles
EPA Facility ID:
100000105156
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company DUNS:
0

Location:

Address:
1132 W. 18th St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
County:
CALCASIEU
Lat / Long:
30.207, -93.239 (Get map)
Method:
GPS Code Measurements (Psuedo Range) Precise Positioning Service
Description:
Liquid Waste Treatment Unit
Horizonal accuracy:
m
Horizontal reference datum:
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
City of Lake Charles
Phone:
(318) 491-1224
Address:
1132 W. 18th St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
J.P. Donovan
Title:
Superintendent
Email:

Emergency contact:

Name:
J.P. Donovan
Title:
Superintendent
Phone:
(318) 491-1224
24-hour phone:
(318) 491-1224
Ext or PIN:
Email:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(318) 491-1224
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Calcasieu Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
51
Covered by OSHA PSM:
No
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
No
CAA Permit ID#:
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
Oct. 10, 1997
Inspecting Agency:
State occupational safety agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Chlorination
RMP ID:
10012
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
2
NAICS:
Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Chlorine
7782-50-5
14,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Dechlorination
RMP ID:
10013
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
2
NAICS:
Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Sulfur dioxide (anhydrous)
7446-09-5
14,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
June 21, 1999
Type:
First-time submission
Reason:
Registered:
No
RMP ID:
8313

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 Chlorination)
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
Public OCA Chemical (in Dechlorination)
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 Chlorination)
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
Public OCA Chemical (in Dechlorination)
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

No Prevention Program level 3

8. Prevention Program level 2

Chlorination, Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Prevention Program ID:
5010
Safety Review Date
May 1, 1999, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
, since latest RMP submission
Safety Regulations
  • NFPA 58
  • ASTM Standards
  • ANSI Standards
  • ASME Standards
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic Release
Process Controls
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Alarms
  • Emergency Air Supply
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Rupture Disks
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
Changes since PHA
  • None Recommended
Training Type
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
May 1, 1999, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
May 1, 1999, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
May 1, 1999, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
May 1, 1999, 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 1, 1999
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Jan. 1, 2000
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
Dechlorination, Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Prevention Program ID:
5011
Safety Review Date
May 1, 1999, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
, since latest RMP submission
Safety Regulations
  • NFPA 58
  • ASTM Standards
  • ANSI Standards
  • ASME Standards
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic Release
Process Controls
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Alarms
  • Emergency Air Supply
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Rupture Disks
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
Changes since PHA
  • None Recommended
Training Type
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
May 1, 1999, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
May 1, 1999, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
May 1, 1999, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
May 1, 1999, 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 1, 1999
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Jan. 1, 2000
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:
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:
(318) 491-1360
Subject To - OSHA EAP:
No
Subject To - OSHA HAZWOPER:
No
Subject To - CWA:
No
Subject To - RCRA:
No
Subject To - OPA:
No
Subject To - State EPCRA:
Yes
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

LDEQ Facility ID Number - 4840
a) Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies
The City of Lake Charles Wastewater Division is strongly committed to employee, public, and environmental safety. We are aware that the use of some of our treatment chemicals could pose a risk to the public under certain circumstances. We therefore are committed to development of a comprehensive risk management program for the Plant C Wastewater plant. The program will address areas such as design, installation, operating procedures, maintenance, and employee training associated with the chlorine and sulfur dioxide processes at our facilities. Safety depends upon the manner in which we handle and operate the regulated process. The use of chlorine and sulfur dioxide has been standard in the wastewater treatment industry for many years and the safety of its use has improved greatly throughout that time. The inherent safety of the vacuum operated chlorination and dechlorination systems combined with safe handling procedures make the use of these chemicals a reliable process. Indepth and ongoing training programs for our personnel will make the use of chlorine and sulfur dioxide even safer for our employees and the members of the surrounding community. It is our policy to implement appropriate controls to prevent possible releases of any regulated substance.
Unforeseeably, if such a release does occur, we have met with and coordinated our release planning with the City of Lake Charles Fire Department which provides highly trained emergency response personnel to control and mitigate the effects of a release. The procedures developed under this plan have also been included in the local community response plan as required under the rule. Plant personnel have been trained on how and when to notify emergency responders if the need arises.
b) The Stationary Source and the Reagulated Substance Handled
Plant C Wastewater Plant is a wastewater treatment facility. Our facility's primar
y purpose is the treatment and disinfection of wastewater to be returned to the environment. We have two regulated substance at the facility. Chlorine gas is used in the treatment process as the primary disinfectant to inhibit microbial growth. Chlorine ton containers are delivered to the facility on regular basis and off loaded and stored for use. There are normally two ton containers in use at the same time. The maximum amount of chlorine stored at this plant is 14,000 pounds or seven ton containers. Only authorized and trained personnel perform maintenance on or operate the regulated process.
c) The Worst-Case Release Scenario and the Alternative Release Scenario, including administrative controls and mitigation measures to limit the distances for each reported scenario
To perform the required off site consequence analysis for Plant C, we used the modeling plan furnished by the EPA. RMP Comp. Vers. 1.06. The following paragraphs provide details of the chosen scenarios.

The worst case scenario involves a catastrophic release of chlorine gas from Plant C facility. The entire contents of a ton container (2000 pounds) is released in gaseous form over a period of 10 minutes. This scenario assumes an atmospheric stability Class F, and a wind speed of 1.5 meters/second (3.4 miles/hour). A maximum distance with a 1.3 mile radius is obtained, corresponding to a toxic endpoint of .0087 mg/L.
An alternative release scenario was developed using the same model as above. The alternative release scenario was based on a release which occurs from the failure of the 5116 inch valve opening located at the top of the ton container. 400 pounds of gaseous chlorine escapes over a period of forty minutes. The alternative release scenario assumes an atmospheric Stability Class D, wind speed of 3.0 meters/second (6.7 miles/hour), relative humidity of 50%, and a temperature of 77 degrees F. Under these conditions a maximum distance with a 0. 1 mile radius is obtained , corresponding to a
toxic endpoint of .0087 mg/L chlorine.
d) The General Accidental Release Prevention Program and the Chemical Specific Prevention Steps
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. The facility was designed and built in 1929 in accordance with all applicable standards in place at that time. The facility is regulated under the Comprehensive Emergency Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) section 103(a). The facility is also subject to the reporting requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Section 304. We file Tier Two forms for chlorine and sulfur dioxide as well as other treatment chemicals. The following sections briefly describe the elements of the release prevention program that is in place at the stationary source.
Process Safety Information - The City of Lake Charles Wastewater Division maintains a detailed record of safety information that describes the chemical and physical hazards of chlorine. We also compiled and developed operating parameters and equipment design information associated with all aspects of the process.
Process Hazard Review - Our facility conducts studies to ensure that the hazards associated with our chlorine process are identified and any deficiencies corrected, We use a checklist developed for our chlorine system designed to be site specific. The hazard reviews are performed by qualified personnel knowledgeable in design and safety practices. The review of hazards are designed to be updated every five years or upon changes to the process. Any deficiencies in the initial hazard determination are expected to be addressed in a timely manner.
Operating Procedures - For the purpose of safely conducting activities within our covered processes, The City of Lake Charles Wastewater Division develops and maintains operating procedures. These procedures address various modes of operation such as
initial startup, normal operations, temporary operations, emergency shutdown, emergency operations, and normal shutdown. We plan to have procedures for the above developed and implemented within the next year or sooner. Complete training will be given to all personnel on these procedures. The procedures will be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis.

Training - The City of Lake Charles wastewater Division plans to implement a comprehensive training program tor our employees to ensure that those persons who are operating the chlorine process are competent. We have developed training information that cover items such as unloading ofton containers, storage of ton containers, installing the chlorinators on a container, general parts used in the chlorination system, general operation of the chlorination system, troubleshooting of chlorine feed problems, maintenance of chlorine system, hazards associated with the chlorine process, and reporting requirements in case of a release. Although we have certified that our personnel are competent to operate the chlorine process we have decided to implement the full range of training as if all were new employees. We expect to have all initial training completed by January 1, 2000. Refresher training will be given at a minimum of every three years but more realistically much sooner.
Mechanical Integrity (maintenance - The City of Lake Charles wastewater Division has developed
equipment and process lists to document and give suggested repair and replacement information on equipment. These steps are taken to improve process reliability and safety. Inspections of the chlorine feed systems will be performed on a yearly basis to determine if any changes need to be made to our maintenance procedures and information. Maintenance operations are carried out by qualified personnel with previous training in maintenance practices. These personnel are offered specialized training as needed. Any equipment deficiencies identified by the mainte
nance checks are corrected in a safe and timely manner. Manufacturers' manuals on all equipment is kept on file for review as needed.
Compliance Audits - The City of Lake Charles Wastewater Division has initiated a compliance audit during the initial phase of the RMP program. The initial audit determined deficiencies we have in the program and sets out time frames for completion of deficient items. These will be addressed in a timely manner. Future audits will be performed at a minimum of every three years to document and confirm whether the provisions set out under the RMP rule are being implemented on a continuing basis.
Incident Investigations - The City of Lake Charles WasteWater Division will promptly investigate any known incident that has resulted in, or could reasonably result in a release of a regulated substance. These investigations will be undertaken to determine the situation that led to the incident, as well as any corrective actions to prevent the release from reoccurring. All reports will be retained for a minimum of five years.
Employee Participation - The City of Lake Charles strongly believes that process safety and accident prevention is a team effort. Company employees are encouraged to express their views concerning accident prevention issues and to recommend improvements. Our employees have access to all information created as part of this facility's implementation of the RMP rule.
Contractors - Contractors on occasion perform specialized maintenance or construction on regulated processes and/or equipment. We ensure that they will follow all procedures regarding repairs to the process equipment. All contractors are given information pertaining to the known hazards of chlorine and how to recognize our labeling and infbrination systems.

e) The Five Year Accident History
Plant C wastewater plant has had an excellent record of preventing accidental releases of chlorine and sulfur dioxide over the last five years. Due to safety and release prevent
ion policies, there has been no accidental release during this period.
f) Emergency Response Program
Since The City of Lake Charles Fire Department will be the first responders to any regulated release of chlorine we have coordinated our emergency response program through their office. We have met with officials from the Fire Department to provide complete information on locations and inventories of chlorine and sufur dioxide at the Plant C wastewater plant. Their personnel are highly trained in emergency response and mitigating the effects of a release. We have planned training for their personnel at our facilities to give them hands on training in the use of the ton container repair kits. We will determine appropriate procedures for notification of affected areas in case of a release as well as proper notification of state and local agencies as required. The stationary source will be included in the community emergency response plan as required. We will provide all information developed for emergency response to the Calcasieu Parish Emergency Planning Committee. Our personnel will be trained to assist the Fire Department personnel as needed and requested.
g) Planned Changes to Improve Safety
While preparing our plan it is apparent that we need to developments a much more extensive training program for our operators and maintenance personnel on the risks, hazards, and use of the chlorine process at our water treatment plants, We plan to provide indepth training that covers these areas. After training, some form of competency testing or interviews will be used to document and confirm that they have gained sufficient knowledge to operate the process in a safe and efficient manner. We plan to improve the safety of the chlorine sites by providing additional chlorine leak detection systems tied into our SCADA system at the Plant B/C control room which is manned continuously. Chlorine handling equipment and scales will be provided which should improve the safety of unloa
ding and storage of the ton containers.