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Alvar Street Facility

Parent Companies:
New Orleans Cold Storage
EPA Facility ID:
100000141296
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company DUNS:
8162380

Location:

Address:
3401 Alvar Street
New Orleans, LA 70126
County:
ORLEANS
Lat / Long:
29.991, -90.028 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Map
Description:
Center of Facility
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:
24000

Owner/Operator:

Name:
New Orleans Cold Storage & Warehous
Phone:
(504) 944-4400
Address:
3401 Alvar Street
New Orleans, LA 70126
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Willie Effingger
Title:
Facility Engineer
Email:

Emergency contact:

Name:
Willie Effingger
Title:
Facility Engineer
Phone:
(504) 948-2512
24-hour phone:
(504) 214-4572
Ext or PIN:
Email:
N/A

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(504) 948-2512
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Orleans Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
16
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:
Inspecting Agency:
Never had one
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Unspecified process
RMP ID:
1000036684
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage (49312)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Ammonia (anhydrous)
7664-41-7
19,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Louis J. Cook III
Address:
700 Oak Harbor Blvd.
Slidell, LA 70458
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(985) 641-0216

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
April 10, 2014
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
5-year update (40 CFR 68.190(b)(1))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000030076

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 Unspecified process)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Gas liquified by pressure
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Release duration (mins):
19.00
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 Unspecified process)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Gas
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Wind speed (meters per sec):
1.50
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

, Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage (49312)
Prevention Program ID:
1000032117
Safety Review Date
Dec. 7, 2004, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Jan. 21, 2005, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • None
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Equipment failure
Process Controls
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Backup Pump
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • Enclosure
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
Changes since PHA
  • None Recommended
Training Type
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Jan. 21, 2005, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Jan. 21, 2005, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Jan. 21, 2005, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Feb. 25, 2005, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
None
Management of Change Review Date
Jan. 21, 2005
Pre-startup Review Date
Jan. 21, 2005
Compliance Audit Date
None
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
None
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
Nov. 17, 2004
Hot Work Review Date
Oct. 21, 2004
Contractor Safety Review Date
None, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
None, 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:
Dec. 8, 2004
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(504) 565-7800
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:
No
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Source and Process Description.

The main operation at New Orleans Cold Storage is the warehousing and distribution of frozen bulk
foodstuff. The facility consists of several cold storage rooms that are cooled by a main refrigeration system.
An additional "blast" unit is used to maintain one room at very low temperatures (-30 degrees F.)

Both refrigeration units utilize Anhydrous Ammonia (100% conc.) as the system coolant. The main
refrigeration unit has a maximum capacity of 10,000 pounds of ammonia. The blast unit has a maximum
capacity of 9,000 pounds. At this facility, both systems are interconnected, therefore, the distance to the
toxic endpoint is calculated using 19,000 pounds of ammonia.

Summary of Major Hazards.

The primary hazard associated with a release of Anhydrous Ammonia is exposure of persons and sensitive
environmental areas to toxic levels of ammonia vapor. Anhydrous Ammonia is a toxic gas that is also a
corrosive irritant to eyes, skin, respiratory tract and mucous membranes. Contact of evaporating liquid with
skin will freeze the tissue, then produce a caustic burn. However, the burn hazard should be considered
secondary to the toxic effects from exposure to the gas.

The toxic endpoint for Anhydrous Ammonia has been determined to be 200 parts per million (ppm). It is
defined as the concentration that almost all persons can withstand for one hour without permanent adverse
effects. However, aggravation of existing respiratory and skin diseases may occur at concentrations below
the toxic endpoint.

Explanation of How Releases are Prevented

The primary mitigation system for this facility is the Engine Room enclosure. Although a catastrophic
release would have ample opportunity to be vented to the atmosphere, the engine room enclosure would
provide a significant degree of isolation in the more likely release scenario. An active countermeasure to
any leaks or releases is the ammonia sensors in the engine room. If
ammonia is detected, an audible alarm
is immediately sounded within the warehouse and an alert is sent to a 24 hour/day monitoring service.

Other process controls include automatic cut-off devices in the event of deviation from prescribed limits
(pressure, temperature, process level, etc.), check valves and relief valves.

To further reduce the likelihood of an accidental release, an extensive inspection program has been
established for all system components and operating parameters. This includes a daily inspection of
compressors, pumps and associated equipment, and a weekly, monthly and annual inspection, testing and
maintenance schedule that is rigidly followed, ensuring a well-maintained physical plant.

All operating procedures have been recently reviewed/revised and all personnel responsible for the proper
operation of the refrigeration units have received refresher training in the procedures. These elements of
this program will further reduce the possibility of an accidental release caused by human error.

Steps Taken to Address Hazards.

The primary methods for generating recommendations are through periodic review and/or revision of
Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), incident investigations and operational procedures review (Management
of Change). These reviews provide a means for continuous improvement.

As an example, in response to a recommendation from an incident investigation report from another facility,
two sets of impervious body suits and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) are positioned at all NOCS
facilities. All facility engineers are trained in the use of this equipment as an enhanced way of personnel
rescue, and rapid release response and control.

Response Action in the Event of a Release.

Upon initial discovery of a leak or release, whether by sensor and alarm or personnel, a rapid and decisive
response is critical to minimizing the potential impacts to off-site populations and other sensitive areas. As
noted above, on-site contr
ol and mitigation, along with personnel evacuation and accountability, is coupled
with a rapid notification plan to bring in local and state agencies for assistance in the event the local
population may potentially be affected.