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Water Pollution Control Center

Parent Companies:
EPA Facility ID:
100000121977
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0

Location:

Address:
770 Richwood Road #2
Monroe, LA 71202
County:
OUACHITA
Lat / Long:
32.437, -92.103 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Map
Description:
Administrative Building
Horizonal accuracy:
m
Horizontal reference datum:
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
City of Monroe
Phone:
(318) 329-2310
Address:
Post Office Box 123
Monroe, LA 71201
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Nathaniel Smith
Title:
Wastewater Superintendent
Email:

Emergency contact:

Name:
Nathaniel Smith
Title:
Wastewater Superintendent
Phone:
(318) 389-2424
24-hour phone:
(318) 389-2424
Ext or PIN:
Email:

Other contacts:

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

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
16
Covered by OSHA PSM:
No
EPCRA section 302:
No
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
No
CAA Permit ID#:
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
March 7, 1998
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Chlorine main system
RMP ID:
15253
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
2
NAICS:
Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Chlorine
7782-50-5
32,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Dechlorination system
RMP ID:
15254
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
2
NAICS:
Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Sulfur dioxide (anhydrous)
7446-09-5
32,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Chlorination FCs
RMP ID:
15255
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
2
NAICS:
Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Chlorine
7782-50-5
4,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
chlorine at lagoon
RMP ID:
15256
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
2
NAICS:
Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Chlorine
7782-50-5
4,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
June 22, 1999
Type:
First-time submission
Reason:
Registered:
No
RMP ID:
11350

Deregistration:

Date:
Effective Date:
Reason:
Source no longer uses any regulated substance
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 Chlorine main system)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Liquid
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
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 system)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Liquid
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
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 Chlorination FCs)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Liquid
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
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 chlorine at lagoon)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Liquid
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
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 Chlorine main system)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Liquid
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
Wind speed (meters per sec):
1.50
Stability class:
F
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 system)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Liquid
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
Wind speed (meters per sec):
1.50
Stability class:
F
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 Chlorination FCs)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Liquid
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
Wind speed (meters per sec):
1.50
Stability class:
F
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 chlorine at lagoon)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Liquid
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
Wind speed (meters per sec):
1.50
Stability class:
F
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

May 9, 1999 at 17:30
ID:
1383
NAICS:
Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Duration:
10 minutes
Chemicals involved:
  • Chlorine
Release events:
Gas release
Weather conditions at time of event
Wind speed:
None meters/second
Temperature:
None ℉
Atmospheric stability:
Precipitation present:
Yes
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:
0
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:
Equipment Failure
Contributing factors:
  • Poor quality chlorine reported by City
Off-site responders notified:
Notified and Responded
Changes introduced as a result of the accident:
  • Improved/upgraded equipment

7. Prevention: Program level 3

No Prevention Program level 3

8. Prevention Program level 2

Chlorine main system, Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Prevention Program ID:
6566
Safety Review Date
June 8, 1999, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
, since latest RMP submission
Safety Regulations
  • ASTM Standards
  • ANSI Standards
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic Release
  • Equipment failure
Process Controls
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Rupture Disks
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • Classroom
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • None
Procedure Review Date
April 17, 1998, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
April 17, 1998, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
April 17, 1998, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
June 2, 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
None
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
None
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 system, Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Prevention Program ID:
6567
Safety Review Date
June 8, 1999, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
, since latest RMP submission
Safety Regulations
  • ASTM Standards
  • ANSI Standards
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic Release
  • Equipment failure
Process Controls
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Rupture Disks
  • Excess Flow Device
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
April 17, 1998, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
April 17, 1998, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
April 17, 1998, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
June 2, 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
None
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
None
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
Chlorination FCs, Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Prevention Program ID:
6568
Safety Review Date
June 8, 1999, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
, since latest RMP submission
Safety Regulations
  • ASTM Standards
  • ANSI Standards
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic Release
Process Controls
  • Relief Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Rupture Disks
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
April 17, 1998, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
April 17, 1998, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
April 17, 1998, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
June 2, 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
None
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
None
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
chlorine at lagoon, Sewage Treatment Facilities (22132)
Prevention Program ID:
6569
Safety Review Date
June 8, 1999, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
, since latest RMP submission
Safety Regulations
  • ASTM Standards
  • ANSI Standards
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic Release
Process Controls
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Rupture Disks
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
April 17, 1998, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
April 17, 1998, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
April 17, 1998, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
June 2, 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
None
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
None
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:
No
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:
June 17, 1997
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(318) 329-2472
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

This document was developed to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Risk Management Program, under Section 112 (r) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) Amendments of 1990, 40 CFR Part 68. Because the City of Monroe stores and uses in excess of the threshold quantity of chlorine and sulfur dioxide at the wastewater treatment plant (referred to as the Water Pollution Control Center or WPCC), these processes are covered under this regulation. There are three separate chlorination systems at the WPCC, and each is addressed as a separate unit in the RMP planning.

The technical information herein may be used as a training reference in initial and recurring operator and maintenance training. Training on process fundamentals, operations, and maintenance, coupled with the recommended process modifications discussed below, will reduce the potential hazards to plant personnel and the surrounding community.

An Emergency Response Program and an Incident Investigation Program are included. These two programs should be an integral part of both initial and recurring training.
A Risk Management Plan (RMP), in the format required by the EPA, is included at the end of the main body of this document. It consists of a summary of data elements as required by EPA for inclusion in a public access database. The RMP is intended to inform the public of the City of Monroe's proactive stance toward protection of the environment and the surrounding community.

E.1 Hazard Assessment

The Hazard Assessment is comprised of a Worst Case and Alternative Release Scenario for the chlorine systems and sulfur dioxide system, as well as a 5-Year Accident History for the same. The Hazard Assessment was conducted as an initial screening procedure as part of determining which Program Level (I, II, or III) the WPCC falls. Residences lie within the EPA-defined endpoint concentrations of the plant's Worst-Case releases, therefore, the plant is ineligible for Program I. The WPCC is operated by p
ublic personnel and therefore excluded from Program III. The WPCC is included in Risk Management Program II.

Worst Case Release Scenario

The Worst Case Scenario is defined as a ton container (2,000 pounds) of chlorine or sulfur dioxide being released by a catastrophic event within a 10 minute duration. Because the buildings in which the chlorine and sulfur dioxide are housed are not provided with a solid door or any other containment, no mitigation factor is taken for these structures. The worst case scenarios were developed using the EPA Offsite Consequence Analysis Guidance document. The distance to the toxic endpoint for a chlorine release was determined to be 4.49 miles for the three storage locations on the plant site impacting a total of 14,738 people. For sulfur dioxide, the distance to the toxic endpoint was estimated to be 4.76 miles impacting 16,564 people. For all worst case release scenarios, public receptors include: residences, hospitals, recreation areas, schools, business and commercial areas.

Alternative Release Scenario

The Alternative Release Scenario for chlorine and for sulfur dioxide was also determined using the EPA Offsite Consequence Analysis Guidance document. The alternative release scenario for each of the chlorine systems assumed a valve failure on the tank resulting in a 60 minute release of a total chlorine quantity of 697 pounds. The sulfur dioxide system assumed the same release type and rate. The distance to the toxic endpoint for the chlorine alternative release scenarios was 1.77 miles impacting approximately 2,290 people. The distance to the toxic endpoint for sulfur dioxide was determined to be 1.88 miles impacting approximately 2,584 people.

E.2 5-Year Accident History

One release has occurred during the last five years. On May 9, 1999, the main chlorination system at the treatment plant was shut down after sever equipment failure and a chlorine gas release. This release did not result in any on-site of off-sit
e consequences. The release was the reported result of poor quality chlorine in the system causing major equipment malfunction.

E.3 Management Program

A Document Management System was established to attribute responsibility for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the Risk Management Program. The Program must be updated every three years, or any time a covered process undergoes a physical or administrative modification. The Document Management System is largely the responsibility of the Risk Management Program Team lead by the Plant Superintendent. The Risk Management Team consist of one operator, one maintenance person, and the Plant Superintendent. The Plant Superintendent has the ultimate responsibility.

E.4 Prevention Program

The Accidental Release Prevention Program is comprised of Safety Information, Hazard Review, Operating Procedures, Training, Maintenance, Incident Investigation, and Compliance Audit procedures.

Chemical Safety Information

Comprehensive chemical data is provided in this section to include: health hazard and chemical exposure limitations as well as physical properties of chlorine and sulfur dioxide. This information was compiled from numerous sources and is intended to be a one-stop source for the reader seeking data on this compound. The physical data will provide useful information in the inevitable event the plant process is modified, thereby requiring revisited dense gas dispersion. It is also imperative that plant operators and managers are appraised of the potential health hazards and exposure limits associated with chlorine and sulfur dioxide stored on the plant site.

Process Safety Information

Basic specifications on each process are included in this document for easy reference. Details such as Maximum Intended Inventory, Safe Upper and Lower Temperatures, Safe Upper and Lower Pressures, and Codes and Standards Used to Design, Build and Operate the Process are provided in this section. Used as a trainin
g reference, together with the Process Schematics, the reader will readily understand the function and operation of the plant chlorine and sulfur dioxide systems.

Hazard Review

A Hazard Review was also conducted for the chlorine and sulfur dioxide systems. The Hazard Review technique used was a "What If" analysis. The "What If" was developed from experience at similar chlorine and sulfur dioxide systems. The Hazard Review team consisted of plant management, plant operations, and an outside process design engineers knowledgeable in the Hazard Review process.

Recommendations

The result of the Hazard Review is a set of recommendations for the plant to implement. Rule 40 CFR 68.50 requires the City of Monroe to ensure that problems identified are "resolved in a timely manner." For those items that can not be promptly resolved, it is recommended that a schedule be developed that addresses those issues, with responsibility for each assigned to the appropriate personnel.

The recommendations were developed by the Hazard Review Team with a consensus from all team members. Recommendations are summarized below:

1. Provide labeling on valves throughout the chlorine and sulfur dioxide systems.

2. Install wind socks at the facility.

3. Provide protection of the main chlorine and sulfur dioxide storage areas through the installation of a metal guard or rail

4. Label piping with contents and flow directions.

5. Provide refresher training on the SCBAs.

Operating Procedures

Basic chlorine and sulfur dioxide system operating procedures have been developed and documented for the facility. They provide system descriptions, specifications, and operating procedures for the chlorine and sulfur dioxide liquid and gas systems. Procedures include Start-up, Shutdown, Normal, Abnormal, and Emergency Operation.

Training

Training is required by the EPA to be included in the Risk Management Program. Training Record Forms are included with the Program for the required document
ation.

Maintenance

Basic chlorine and sulfur dioxide system maintenance procedures have been developed with associated documentation forms. Sound preventive maintenance will reduce potential hazards to personnel onsite, as well as to the off-site public. In the event of an inspection or compliance review, state and federal regulators will request to see documentation and record keeping associated with the Maintenance Program.

Incident Investigation

An Incident Investigation Program has also been developed. The EPA has established strict guidelines to follow in the aftermath of any release involving the chlorine or sulfur dioxide systems. The Incident Investigation Program outlines key milestones that must be accomplished within 24 hours of any covered incident, and the actions that must occur subsequently. Ultimately, it is desired that the plant learns from the incident and takes action to prevent similar incidents in the future. Incident Investigation Report Forms are included, and must be maintained for a minimum of five years after each incident.

Compliance Audits

Internal Compliance Audits must be conducted every three years to verify compliance with the programs and procedures contained in this document. The Plant Manager must certify that the Risk Management Program team has evaluated compliance with the provisions of the Program, and verify that the procedures and practices are adequate and are being followed. Audit Report Forms are provided, the two most recent of which must always be maintained. This means that in the year 2006, the Compliance Audit Report for the year 2000 may be discarded.

E.5 Emergency Response Program

The Emergency Response Program is included as part of the Risk Management Program in case a significant release ever occurs. As in all the above programs, it is important to review this program regularly. The Rule, 40 CFR 68.95 requires training for all employees "in relevant procedures" of the Emergency Response Program.

It i
s recommended that training on the specific plant safety procedures take place upon initial employment and every year thereafter, as with most of the other RMP training programs. The City has elected to allow the City of Monroe Fire Department to address all major releases at the plant site. Minor releases will be handled by the plant staff.

E.6 Summary of Action Items

1. The RMP Rule, 40 CFR 68.42 requires that details of all accidental releases be recorded from this date forward.

2. The RMP Rule, 40 CFR 68.15 requires that the Document Management System (e.g., the RMP Team) be updated anytime personnel changes or administrative changes are made that would affect the lines of authority or responsibility for maintaining the RMP.

3. The RMP Rule, 40 CFR 68.54 requires that each employee presently operating a process, and each employee newly assigned to a covered process be trained or tested competent in the operating procedures. As an alternative, the City may certify in writing that the employee has the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely carry out the duties and responsibilities as provided in the operating procedures. Training documentation forms will be recorded and filed at the plant site.

4. The RMP Rule, 40 CFR 68.56 requires training on the plant maintenance procedures. The City of Monroe must train or cause to be trained each employee involved in maintaining the on-going mechanical integrity of the process. To ensure that the employee can perform the job tasks in a safe manner, each such employee must be trained in the hazards of the process, in how to avoid or correct unsafe conditions, and in the procedures applicable to the employee's job tasks. Refresher training on operating and maintenance procedures must be provided every three years.

5.The RMP Rule, 40 CFR 68.60 requires incident investigations no later than 24 hours following each incident.

6. The RMP Rule, 40 CFR 68.58 requires the City to certify compliance wi
th RMP Accident Prevention Program provisions at least every three years to verify that the procedures and practices developed under the rule are adequate and are being followed.

7. The Rule, 40 CFR 68.95 requires training for all employees "in relevant procedures" of the Emergency Response Program. It is recommended that training on the specific plant procedures take place upon initial employment and every year thereafter, as with most of the other RMP training programs.