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Lion Copolymer Geismar, LLC

Parent Companies:
EPA Facility ID:
100000145078
Other ID:
70734NRYLCPOBOX
Facility DUNS:
802600507

Location:

Address:
36191 La Hwy 30
Geismar, LA 70734
County:
ASCENSION
Lat / Long:
30.206, -91.007 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Photo
Description:
Plant Entrance (General)
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:
24000

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Lion Copolymer Geismar, LLC
Phone:
(225) 673-8871
Address:
P.O. Box 397
Geismar, LA 70734
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Keith Bergseid
Title:
EHS Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Keith Bergseid
Title:
EHS Manager
Phone:
(225) 673-0743
24-hour phone:
(225) 274-5861
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(225) 673-8871
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Ascension Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
119
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
Yes
CAA Permit ID#:
6 permits
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
Aug. 20, 2013
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Polymers Process
RMP ID:
1000046476
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Synthetic Rubber Manufacturing (325212)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Propylene [1-Propene]
115-07-1
60,612
No
Flammable Mixture
00-11-11
167,503
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Elizabeth Darce
Address:
36191 La. Hwy 30
Geismar, LA 70734
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(225) 673-0532

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
Jan. 16, 2014
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
Revised OCA due to change (40 CFR 68.190(b)(6))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000037886

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 Polymers Process)
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 Polymers Process)
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
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Excess flow valve

6. Five-year accident history

No Registered Accidents

7. Prevention: Program level 3

Polymers Process, Synthetic Rubber Manufacturing (325212)
Prevention Program ID:
1000040453
Safety Review Date
Oct. 15, 2013, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Oct. 17, 2013, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Polymerization
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Floods
  • Tornado
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Flares
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Keyed Bypass
  • Emergency Air Supply
  • Emergency Power
  • Backup Pump
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Rupture Disks
  • Excess Flow Device
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • Sprinkler System
  • Dikes
  • Fire Walls
  • Blast Walls
  • Deluge System
  • Enclosure
  • Neutralization
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
Changes since PHA
  • Process Parameters
  • Process Controls
  • Process Detection
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • None
Procedure Review Date
Aug. 1, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Oct. 14, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Sept. 1, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Nov. 12, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Nov. 5, 2013
Management of Change Review Date
Aug. 27, 2012
Pre-startup Review Date
Oct. 24, 2013
Compliance Audit Date
Feb. 18, 2013
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Feb. 18, 2016
Incident Investigation Date
May 12, 2013
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
Aug. 7, 2013
Participation Plan Review Date
Oct. 3, 2013
Hot Work Review Date
Dec. 28, 2012
Contractor Safety Review Date
Nov. 16, 2012, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
July 17, 2013, 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:
July 24, 2013
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(225) 621-8360
Subject To - OSHA EAP:
No
Subject To - OSHA HAZWOPER:
Yes
Subject To - CWA:
No
Subject To - RCRA:
Yes
Subject To - OPA:
No
Subject To - State EPCRA:
Yes
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

GENERAL

Lion Copolymer Geismar, LLC (Lion Copolymer) manufactures EPDM rubber (Royalene and Trilene). The facility began operations in 1962, and Lion Copolymer purchased the facility in June 2007.



ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE POLICIES AT THE STATIONARY SOURCE

The facility maintains a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan (ERP) to guide emergency response operations in the event of a spill or release of a hazardous material or other emergency event, such as a fire, explosion, process upset, property damage, medical incident, severe weather, or breach of security. The ERP includes the following sections:

Core emergency procedures;

Individual procedures for responding to and managing specific types of hazardous conditions or emergencies that may occur at the facility;

Checklists designed for use by the persons that fulfill the positions in the Emergency Operations Center during an incident;

Chemical Emergency Response Guidelines for the primary hazardous materials at the facility;

Supplemental resources that can assist in managing and coordinating response to an emergency; and

Miscellaneous information supporting emergency planning and response.

The operational readiness of the ERP is maintained through regular drills and exercises, periodic internal reviews, and by incorporating "best practices" from within the chemical manufacturing industry as appropriate.



The facility is also a member of the Ascension Parish CAER (Community Awareness and Emergency Response) program. This organization is part of an on-going effort to maintain communication between industry, the general public, and law enforcement, emergency response and environmental agencies.



STATIONARY SOURCE AND REGULATED SUBSTANCES HANDLED

The Geismar Facility handles three RMP chemicals (one toxic and two flammable) with quantities above the regulation threshold. Whenever possible, chemicals are handled by pipeline to reduce the imp
act in the event of a leak rather than stock-piling large amounts in storage tanks. The RMP covered processes are Program 3 PSM processes that include raw material receiving, storage and handling and as such are controlled by all of the above-mentioned "prevention" and "emergency response" programs. The chemicals of concern are discussed below.



TOXIC: In the Polymers Process, the facility utilizes Alkyl Aluminum, which is regulated under the LDEQ Supplemental List of the Louisiana RMP regulation. The RMP eSubmit Program does not allow this chemical to be entered; therefore it is not included in the submittal file. This chemical is associated with a Program 3 PSM process and is included in the Executive Summary for documentation.



FLAMMABLE: Propylene is used as a refrigerant in the Polymers Process. A flammable mixture comprised of propylene, ethylene, propane, and ethane is contained in the Polymers Process. Propylene and ethylene are used as raw materials and are delivered to the facility via pipeline. Ethane and propane are generated during the reaction process from the ethylene and propylene.



GENERAL ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM AND CHEMICAL-SPECIFIC PREVENTION STEPS

The requirements in the RMP regulation to prevent accidental releases are being met at the Geismar facility by established programs which include:

Operator training and certification,

Work Permits,

Hazard Communications,

Management of Change for Process and Equipment,

Process Hazard Analysis,

Reports of Unsafe Conditions,

Safety Orientations,

Emergency response training,

Routinely updated operating procedures,

Computers and computerized control systems,

Emergency control / shutdown devices / interlocks,

Equipment / piping safety controls,

Warning alarms,

Regular safety checks, and

Equipment inspections.



FIVE-YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY

Lion Copolymer has not had an accidental relea
se in the last five years that has resulted in an onsite death, injury or significant property damage, or an offsite death, injury, evacuation, shelter in place, property damage, or environmental damage.



EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM

In the event of an emergency situation, the Geismar plant has a certified team of medical first responders and onsite response tools to handle an environmental situation as per 1910.120(q). Also, on site, is a fully equipped exterior, industrial fire brigade, a confined space/high angle rescue team, a HAZMAT/Incident Command team, and trained Incident Commanders. These teams are regularly drilled to handle fire fighting situations, confined space extractions, and chemical release containment.



PLANNED CHANGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY

The Geismar Plant is registered to the ISO 14001 international environmental standard and is also an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star facility. As part of these programs, the facility has committed to continual improvement of its environmental, health and safety programs. As an example, this RMP Plan is being updated in 2014 to account for removal of two RMP regulated substances from the site, which has eliminated all toxic release scenarios. Lion Copolymer's position has been and continues to be one of maintaining the safety of its employees and the general public.