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Praxair Distribution - Taft, LA

Parent Companies:
Praxair, Inc.
EPA Facility ID:
100000130084
Other ID:
70057NNCRBROUTE
Facility DUNS:
120247002
Parent Company DUNS:
197154586

Location:

Address:
261 Highway 3142
Hahnville, LA 70057
County:
ST. CHARLES
Lat / Long:
29.987, -90.454 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Digital map source (TIGER)
Description:
Plant Entrance (General)
Horizonal accuracy:
55 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Praxair Distribution, Inc.
Phone:
(985) 783-1365
Address:
261 Highway 3142
Hahnville, LA 70057
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Carl Cantrelle, Jr.
Title:
Facility Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Carl Cantrelle, Jr.
Title:
Facility Manager
Phone:
(985) 783-1365
24-hour phone:
(985) 783-1365
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(800) 772-9247
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
St. Charles Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
26
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
No
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
No
CAA Permit ID#:
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
Sept. 24, 2013
Inspecting Agency:
LA DEQ
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Acetylene Production
RMP ID:
1000051799
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Acetylene [Ethyne]
74-86-2
114,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Ethylene Transfill
RMP ID:
1000051800
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Ethylene [Ethene]
74-85-1
15,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
June 17, 2014
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
5-year update (40 CFR 68.190(b)(1))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000042039

Deregistration:

Date:
Effective Date:
Reason:
Other Reason:

2. Toxics: Worst-case

None

3. Toxics: Alternative release

None

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 Ethylene Transfill)
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 Ethylene Transfill)
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
  • Water curtain
  • Excess flow valve

6. Five-year accident history

No Registered Accidents

7. Prevention: Program level 3

Acetylene Production, Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Prevention Program ID:
1000043864
Safety Review Date
Oct. 22, 2007, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Sept. 15, 2010, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Equipment failure
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • Deluge System
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • Classrom
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
April 15, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
March 31, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
May 6, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
April 29, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Jan. 26, 2009
Management of Change Review Date
Feb. 19, 2014
Pre-startup Review Date
Aug. 10, 2012
Compliance Audit Date
May 29, 2013
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Dec. 15, 2014
Incident Investigation Date
June 26, 2006
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
Dec. 15, 2006
Participation Plan Review Date
Oct. 15, 2013
Hot Work Review Date
April 1, 2014
Contractor Safety Review Date
May 6, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
April 21, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Ethylene Transfill, Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Prevention Program ID:
1000043865
Safety Review Date
Feb. 1, 2005, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Sept. 14, 2010, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Alarms
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Excess Flow Device
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • Deluge System
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
April 15, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
June 17, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Nov. 3, 2008, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Oct. 7, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Oct. 16, 2013
Management of Change Review Date
Feb. 19, 2014
Pre-startup Review Date
May 24, 2013
Compliance Audit Date
May 29, 2013
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
None
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
Oct. 15, 2013
Hot Work Review Date
April 1, 2014
Contractor Safety Review Date
May 6, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
April 21, 2014, 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:
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:
(985) 783-5050
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

Facility Description

The Praxair Distribution facility in Hahnville (Taft), Louisiana produces, handles and/or stores Acetylene and Ethylene.

The primary source of acetylene gas at the Hahnville facility is by pipeline from a nearby chemical plant. The acetylene is a byproduct of a chemical production process. If necessary, the Hahnville facility also has the capability to generate acetylene by reacting calcium carbide and water. The acetylene gas is compressed into specially designed acetylene cylinders on a flatbed trailer. These acetylene trailers are then transported as a unit to our customers throughout the country.

The Hahnville facility receives ethylene gas by pipeline from the same nearby chemical plant. The ethylene gas is compressed into tube trailers, which are banks of high pressure steel containers mounted on a truck frame. The tube trailers are then transported as a unit to customers throughout the country.



Regulated Substances

This facility uses, manufactures, or stores a chemical listed in part 68 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, beyond a threshold quantity, as established by the EPA;
1) Acetylene - resale to end market users
2) Ethylene - resale to end market users


Accidental Release Prevention Policy

Praxair is dedicated to being the best performing industrial gas company in all aspects of our business, including safety, health, and environmental affairs. Our safety, health, and environmental policy call for a commitment to protecting the health and safety of our employees, neighbors, and the surrounding environment. This policy is the basis for engineering and construction programs that produce equipment and process systems that minimize the possibility of accidental chemical releases and operational safety programs that ensure safe operation of our facilities. Praxair is committed to the continuous improvement of these programs.

Praxair is an active member of the American Chemistry Council and subscribes
to the council's program of Responsible CareA? Employee Health and Safety Code of Management Practices.


Prevention Program

In accordance with OSHA's Process Safety Management standard and EPA's Risk Management Program rule, the Hahnville, LA facility has a comprehensive accident prevention program in place. This program is built around process safety concepts such as:
- Technical documentation of Process Safety Information, describing the physical properties of the hazardous substances, the safety systems in place to control these substances, and the critical operating parameters of the associated equipment and systems.
- Procedures and programs to develop, maintain, and control key program elements such as process operations, equipment mechanical integrity, employee training, management of change, hot work permits, incident investigation, and contractor activity.
- Initial and periodic review of new or modified processes through application of comprehensive design safety and management of change programs that include Process Hazard Analysis study and pre-startup review.

Praxair has an employee participation program that promotes involvement in the process safety program and helps ensure understanding of facility-specific elements of the safety program.

The prevention program is audited periodically, by our corporate assessment group, to ensure that the process safety concepts and practices are in place and working effectively.


Chemical-specific Prevention Steps

In addition to the required prevention program elements, we have implemented safety features specific to the covered processes at our facility. Following is a description of some of these safety features.

Acetylene safety systems are designed for manual and automated shutdown. An operator also attends the process.
An incident alarm system can be activated manually that will shutdown the process and activate the deluge system.

Ethylene safety systems are designed for manual and automated shutdown
. An operator also attends the process.
An incident alarm system can be activated manually that will shutdown the process and activate the deluge system.


Five-year Accident History

The Hahnville facility accident history indicates continuous safe operation of our covered chemical processes over the last five years. There were no covered process releases that resulted in an EPA RMP recordable accident.

Emergency Response Programs

Praxair has an emergency response program in place to minimize the effects of accidental release of regulated substances on employees, the public, and the environment. The Hahnville location will be a "non-responding facility" as defined in section 8.1 of the CEPPO General Guidance for Risk Management Programs (July 1998), i.e. Praxair employees will respond to minor incidents.

For other than minor incidents Praxair has in place an emergency response plan in coordination St Charles Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), St Charles Mutual Aid Association, and the Hahnville Volunteer Fire Department for regulated flammables. Copies of the facility emergency plans are shared with these agencies and drills are conducted at least annually.

All facility employees are trained in their role in the facility emergency action plan.


Planned Changes to Improve Safety

Praxair has a commitment to safety that is expressed in a company-wide goal of "Zero/Zero", which means zero accidents and zero injuries or illnesses at each and every location. We look to constantly improve the safety of our processes using recommendations developed through the prevention program and a program soliciting safety suggestions from our employees.