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Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Parent Companies:
Sanderson Farms, Inc.
EPA Facility ID:
100000105263
Other ID:
70404SNDRSHWY19
Facility DUNS:
8172512
Parent Company DUNS:
8172512

Location:

Address:
Hwy 190 West
Hammond, LA 70401
County:
TANGIPAHOA
Lat / Long:
30.507, -90.508 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Digital map source (TIGER)
Description:
Center of Facility
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Sanderson Farms, Inc,
Phone:
(601) 649-4030
Address:
127 Flynt Road
Laurel, MS 39443
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Eric Erickson
Title:
Division Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Eric Erickson
Title:
Division Manager
Phone:
(985) 345-3565
24-hour phone:
(985) 634-1027
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(985) 345-3565
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Tangipahoa Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
532
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
No
CAA Permit ID#:
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
July 7, 2015
Inspecting Agency:
Bonar Engineering
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Ammonia Refrigeration
RMP ID:
1000084860
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Poultry Processing (311615)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Ammonia (anhydrous)
7664-41-7
38,094
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Stephanie Shoemaker
Address:
127 Flynt Road
Laurel, MS 39441
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(601) 649-4030

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
Jan. 22, 2018
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
Voluntary update (not described by any of the above reasons)
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000067644

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 Ammonia Refrigeration)
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:
  • Enclosures
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • 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 Ammonia Refrigeration)
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:
  • Enclosures
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • 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

Ammonia Refrigeration, Poultry Processing (311615)
Prevention Program ID:
1000071638
Safety Review Date
June 19, 2016, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
July 10, 2014, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • What if
  • Checklist
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Equipment failure
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Emergency Air Supply
  • Backup Pump
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None Recommended
Training Type
  • Classrom
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Sept. 26, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Sept. 9, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Aug. 29, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Sept. 25, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Sept. 9, 2017
Management of Change Review Date
Sept. 9, 2017
Pre-startup Review Date
April 9, 2017
Compliance Audit Date
Oct. 12, 2017
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Jan. 30, 2018
Incident Investigation Date
March 23, 2017
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
March 23, 2017
Participation Plan Review Date
Sept. 9, 2017
Hot Work Review Date
April 8, 2017
Contractor Safety Review Date
Nov. 27, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Nov. 27, 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:
Feb. 18, 2017
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(985) 542-3473
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

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY



2694 LDEQ Facility ID Number



1. Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies

We at Sanderson Farms, Inc. are 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 the processes at our facility. It is our policy to implement appropriate controls to prevent possible releases of regulated substances.





2. The Stationary Source and the Regulated Substances Handled

Our facility's primary activities encompass Ammonia Refrigeration. We have 1 regulated substance present at our facility. These substance is ammonia (anhydrous). Ammonia (anhydrous) is used as a refrigerant.



3. The Worst Case Release Scenario(s) and the Alternative Release Scenario(s), including administrative controls and mitigation measures to limit the distances for each reported scenario

To perform the required offsite consequence analysis for our facility, we have used the EPA's RMP Comp.



4. 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 following sections briefly describe the elements of the release prevention program that is in place at our stationary source.



Process Safety Information

Sanderson Farms, Inc. maintains a detailed record of safety information that describes the chemical hazards, operating parameters and equipment designs associated with all processes.



Process Hazard Analysis

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 What If. 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 every 5 years. Any findings related to the hazard analysis are addressed in a timely manner.



Operating Procedures

For the purposes of safely conducting activities within our covered processes, Sanderson Farms, 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.



Training

Sanderson Farms, 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 3 years and more frequently as needed.



Mechanical Integrity

Sanderson Farms, Inc. carries out highly documented maintenance checks on process equipment to ensure proper operations. Process equipment examined by these checks includes among others; pressure vessels, storage tanks, piping systems, relief and vent systems, emergency shutdown systems, controls and pumps. Maintenance operations are carried out by qualified personnel with previous training in maintenance practices. Furthermore, these personnel are offered specialized training as needed. Any equipment deficiencies identified by the maintenance checks are corrected in a safe and timely manner.



Management of Change

Written procedures are in place at Sanderson Farms, Inc. to manage changes in process chemicals, technology, equipment and procedures. Process operators, maintenance personnel or any other employee whose job tasks are affected by a modification in process conditions are promptly made aware of and offered training to deal with the modification.




Pre-startup Reviews

Pre-start up safety reviews related to new processes and to modifications in established processes are conducted as a regular practice at Sanderson Farms, Inc. These reviews are conducted to confirm that construction, equipment, operating and maintenance procedures are suitable for safe startup prior to placing equipment into operation.



Compliance Audits

Sanderson Farms, 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 3 years and any corrective actions required as a result of the audits are undertaken in a safe and prompt manner.



Incident Investigation

Sanderson Farms, 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.



Employee Participation

Sanderson Farms, Inc. truly believes that process safety management and accident prevention is a team effort. Company employees are strongly encouraged to express their views concerning accident prevention issues and to recommend improvements. In addition, our employees have access to all information created as part of the facility's implementation of the RMP rule, including information resulting from process hazard analyses in particular.



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. Sanderson Farms, Inc. has a strict policy of informing the contractors of known potential hazards related the contractor's work and the processes. Contractors are also informed of all the procedures for e
mergency response should an accidental release of a regulated substance occur.





5. Five-year Accident History

Sanderson Farms, Inc. has had an excellent record of preventing accidental releases over the last 5 years. Due to our stringent release prevention policies, there has been no accidental release during this period.



6. Emergency Response Plan

Sanderson Farms, 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 promptly updated to reflect any pertinent changes taking place within our processes that would require a modified emergency response.



7. Planned Changes to Improve Safety

There have been no new developements that require a change in the safety program at this time.