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Midwest Farmers Coop - Tecumseh

Parent Companies:
Midwest Farmers Coop
EPA Facility ID:
100000171994
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company DUNS:
0

Location:

Address:
600 South 10th. St.
Tecumseh, NE 68450
County:
JOHNSON
Lat / Long:
40.363, -96.186 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Satellite
Description:
Storage Tank
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Midwest Farmers Coop
Phone:
(402) 994-2585
Address:
304 S. 3rd St.
P.O. Box 40
Elmwood, NE 68349
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Lee Paulsen
Title:
Safety & Compliance Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Lee Paulsen
Title:
Safety & Compliance Manager
Phone:
(402) 786-2665
24-hour phone:
(402) 867-4302
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

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

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Johnson County LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
0
Covered by OSHA PSM:
No
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
No
CAA Permit ID#:
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
April 3, 2014
Inspecting Agency:
OSHA
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Anhydrous ammonia storage
RMP ID:
1000052665
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
2
NAICS:
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (42491)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Ammonia (anhydrous)
7664-41-7
440,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Triangle Safety & Compliance
Address:
1206 Giltner Spur
Phillips, NE 68865
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(402) 984-1104

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
May 28, 2014
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
Change in program level of covered process (40 CFR 68.190(b)(7))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000042697

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 Anhydrous ammonia storage)
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:
  • 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 Anhydrous ammonia storage)
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:
  • None
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Enclosures
  • Berms
  • Drains
  • Sumps
Active mitigation
considered:
  • Excess flow valve
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers
  • Emergency shutdown

4. Flammables: Worst-case

None

5. Flammables: Alternative release

None

6. Five-year accident history

March 20, 2014 at 17:30
ID:
1000033817
NAICS:
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (42491)
Duration:
5 minutes
Chemicals involved:
  • Ammonia (anhydrous)
Release events:
Liquid spills/evaporation
Weather conditions at time of event
Wind speed:
10.0 miles/h NW
Temperature:
55.00 ℉
Atmospheric stability:
F
Precipitation present:
No
Unknown weather conditions:
No
On-site impacts
Deaths of employees or contractors:
1
Deaths of public responders:
0
Deaths of public:
0
Injuries of employees or contractors:
1
Injuries of public responders:
1
Injuries of public:
1
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:
Human Error
Contributing factors:
  • Human error
  • Improper procedure
  • Overpressurization
Off-site responders notified:
Notified and Responded
Changes introduced as a result of the accident:
  • Revised training
  • Revised operating procedures

7. Prevention: Program level 3

No Prevention Program level 3

8. Prevention Program level 2

Anhydrous ammonia storage, Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (42491)
Prevention Program ID:
1000034569
Safety Review Date
May 13, 2014
PHA Update Date
Safety Regulations
  • None
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic Release
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Equipment failure
  • Tornado
Process Controls
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Excess Flow Device
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • Increased Inventory
Training Type
  • Classroom
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
May 13, 2014
Training Review Date
May 13, 2014
Maintenance Review Date
May 13, 2014
Maintenance Inspection Date
May 13, 2014
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Management of Change Review Date
Pre-startup Review Date
Compliance Audit Date
May 13, 2014
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
May 13, 2014
Incident Investigation Date
March 21, 2014
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
April 30, 2014
Participation Plan Review Date
Hot Work Review Date
Contractor Safety Review Date
Contractor Safety Eval. Date

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:
(402) 335-8001
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

Company: Midwest Farmers Coop

Facility Name: Tecumseh

Mail to: P.O. Box 40, Elmwood, NE 68349



Risk Management Plan - Executive Summary



Facility Policy:

The management and employees operating each of our facilities are committed to the prevention of any accidental release of hazardous material transported or stored on our locations. In the event an accidental release should occur, we are prepared to work with our Local Fire Department(s), Emergency Response Personnel, and other appropriate authorities deemed applicable depending on the specific incident, to best mitigate any release and to minimize the impact of the release to people and the environment.



Facility Information:

The primary activity of our company is NAICS code 424510, "Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers", however we are also engaged in providing "agricultural inputs" that include the receiving, storage, and reloading of Anhydrous Ammonia for delivery to farmers in our area. The NAICS code we feel most applicable for this activity is NAICS code "424910 Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers". Anhydrous Ammonia is the only product at this facility subject to EPA Risk Management Planning at this time.



Anhydrous Ammonia is received, stored, and distributed for direct application to farm fields during the early and fall months. During the balance of the year little if any product transfer occurs. The maximum quantity handled at a given time would be the off loading of a semi-trailer vehicle tank.



The facility is operated on an "as needed" basis with staff present only during the receiving and reloading of product for delivery. Total annual hours for these needs do not meet the 2,080 hour requirement to qualify as a "full time employee" on site therefore item number 1.11 is Zero. Our facilities have adequate lighting, and are inspected at various times of day and night throughout the year. Time expended for these inspections is not included in our staffing calculation.




Worst-case release scenario:

The "worst-case release scenario" is considered to be the release of the total contents of our largest Anhydrous Ammonia tank. The maximum quantity released based on 85 % tank capacity as limited by design standards, the distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) miles based on EPA's RMP -Comp Program (Version 1.06), as well as possible public and environmental receptors within the area have been provided to the County LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) to assist them in their planning.



Alternative release scenario:

There has not been an actual release of Anhydrous Ammonia during the last 5-years at the site. We believe the most likely release would be caused by damage to the liquid valve on a nurse tank due to a transportation incident. This could lead to the total loss of contents of the tank. The distance to the endpoint (point of dispersion to 200 ppm) is determined per instructions by EPA guidance.



Accidental Release Program:

Our Anhydrous Ammonia accidental release program is based on guidelines found in the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) standard K61.1-1999 "Safety Requirements for the Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia; and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 29CFR 1910.111 "Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia". We conduct annual employee training on the safe handling, transportation and distribution of Anhydrous Ammonia, and have installed safety equipment including, but not limited to: Excess flow valves, Breakaway couplers at risers, Emergency shut-off valves, Barriers to avoid damage by trucks or other vehicles, and Lock outs to prevent tampering when the site is unattended. We also maintain routine contact with our local fire department and emergency response personnel; and have provided and/or participated in safety training exercises on Anhydrous Ammonia.

We have developed an Emergency Action Plan for employee
s, customers, and visitor protection in event of fire, explosion, tornado, and other acts of god that require evacuation, emergency medical care, contacts for assistance, etc. for all areas of our company including the Anhydrous Ammonia facility included in this plan. The primary emergency coordinator is listed in the Registration Section of this document. Any of the following additional individuals may be contacted in the event the primary emergency coordinator cannot be reached:

Name Work Phone 24-Hr. Phone

First Contact 402.335.3351 402.867.4302

Second Contact 402.786.2665 402.867.4302



Five - Year Accident History:

On 3/20/14 there was a release of approximately 50 pounds of anhydrous ammonia from a liquid transfer bleed-off line that resulted in one fatality and three minor injuries. The release was the result of an inbound transport driver failing to follow operating procedures for off-loading his transport into a bulk storage vessel. A valve on the bleed-off line was not closed prior to beginning transfer operations resulting in the over-pressurization of the water tank the line was connected to and the tank ruptured, allowing escape of ammonia/water solution and liquid anhydrous ammonia. The driver suffered fatal injuries from the inhalation of anhydrous ammonia and three other people suffered minor inhalation discomfort and were treated and released the same day at a local hospital.

Following the incident and subsequent investigation, transport off-loading procedures were revised and all drivers and plant employees were trained in the revised procedures. Midwest Farmers Coop will strictly enforce the new operating procedures.



Emergency Response Program:

This facility is included in the written Community Emergency Response Plan as prepared by the Local Emergency Planning Commi
ttee (LEPC), and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) (former Nebraska State Civil Defense Agency). We also include these materials in our own Emergency Action Plan in accordance with OSHA Standard 29CFR 1910.38. We have provided State and Local authorities all Community Right-to-Know information requested as well as that required under SARA Title III (EPCRA). Our written employee safety programs include pre-emergency planning and employee training in accordance with OSHA standards, and are offered for review at any time by our Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to ensure they conform to the community plan(s). We actively encourage participation in our Anhydrous Ammonia and Propane training programs by the local fire department(s), local emergency response team, community planners, etc. that may be expected to respond to an incident at our site.



Planned changes to improve safety:

Safety improvement is an on-going process at all of our facilities. Periodic evaluations are performed to assess the maintenance of safe conditions. There are no additional specific recommendations for implementation at this time.



Additional Information:

For additional information, response to questions, or comments, contact: Safety & Compliance Manager at 402.867.4302