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Western International Gas - Taft

Parent Companies:
Western International Gas & Cylinders, Inc.
EPA Facility ID:
100000188405
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company DUNS:
0

Location:

Address:
16879 River Rd.
Taft, LA 70057
County:
ST. CHARLES
Lat / Long:
29.991, -90.450 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Satellite
Description:
Loading Facility
Horizonal accuracy:
20 m
Horizontal reference datum:
World Geodetic System of 1984
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Western International Gas
Phone:
(979) 413-2100
Address:
7173 Hwy 159 E
P. O. Box 668
Bellville, TX 77418
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Kathy McKenzie, CDS
Title:
Safety & Compliance Director

Emergency contact:

Name:
Jason Lischka
Title:
Plant Manager
Phone:
(979) 413-2121
24-hour phone:
(979) 885-8234
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

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

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
St. Charles Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
3
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:
Dec. 3, 2013
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Other Chem Prod Wholesale
RMP ID:
1000055757
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
110,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
June 26, 2014
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
5-year update (40 CFR 68.190(b)(1))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000045045

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 Other Chem Prod Wholesale)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • Blast walls
not considered:
  • None

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 Other Chem Prod Wholesale)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • Fire wall
  • Blast walls
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Enclosures
Active mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Excess flow valve

6. Five-year accident history

No Registered Accidents

7. Prevention: Program level 3

Other Chem Prod Wholesale, Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Prevention Program ID:
1000046646
Safety Review Date
May 16, 2014, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Aug. 23, 2011, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Polymerization
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Tornado
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Rupture Disks
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • Fire Walls
  • Blast Walls
  • Deluge System
  • Water Curtain
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
  • Perimeter Monitors
Changes since PHA
  • Increased Inventory
  • Process Parameters
  • Process Controls
  • Process Detection
  • Mitigation Systems
Training Type
  • Classrom
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
Procedure Review Date
May 27, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
May 16, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
May 16, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
June 25, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Aug. 9, 2013
Management of Change Review Date
May 16, 2014
Pre-startup Review Date
Oct. 3, 2013
Compliance Audit Date
March 20, 2014
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
March 20, 2014
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
May 16, 2014
Hot Work Review Date
May 16, 2014
Contractor Safety Review Date
May 16, 2014, 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. 9, 2013
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(985) 783-6807
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


A. The accidental release prevention and emergency response policies at our facility:

It is the intention of Western Management to commit to the personal, property and environmental safety to all surrounding life and environment that could possibly be affected in any manner by the business conducted at this facility.

Our policy is SAFETY FIRST. The personal safety of each employee of this company is of primary importance. To the greatest degree possible, management will provide all mechanical and physical facilities required for personal safety. Our objective is the safety program reducing our exposure to accidents to the absolute minimum.

Quarterly Safety Audits are done at our facilities to insure compliance with all regulations and safety practices.

OUR GOAL IS ZERO ACCIDENTS AND ZERO INJURIES.
Through a cooperative effort by each employee, we will attain our goal.

We recognize the responsibilities for safety are shared:

1. The employer accepts responsibility for leadership of the safety program, for its effectiveness, and safeguards providing a safe work place.

2. Employees are responsible for wholehearted cooperation of the safety program, including compliance with all rules, and practicing safety while performing their duties.

Employees are very actively involved in the safety program. Western has monthly safety meetings for all employees. The evacuation plan is practiced regularly.

Our policy is SAFETY FIRST. The personal safety of each employee of this company is of primary importance.

B. The stationary source and the regulated substances handled:
Western manufactures Acetylene Gas at this facility. The stationary source of this RMP would be a trailer that holds approximately 225 cylinders. These cylinders are connected through a common manifold header. The amount of acetylene in an entire trailer is less than 6,800 pounds. Several trailers could be present at the location at any time.

C. The worst-case relea
se scenario and the alternative release scenario:
We used the computer program "RMP comp" as guidance for both scenarios. Both scenarios included acetylene as this is the only product that falls under the guidelines. For both scenarios, the endpoint is within 0.2 mile from the plant.

D. The general accidental release prevention program and chemical-specific prevention steps:

Western complies with the OSHA PSM regulations and NFPA 51A guidelines.

Western takes pride in having done it right the first time before an accident or incident would require any form of additional safety measures. This facility has multiple gas monitors throughout the production areas and fire detectors. The monitors are set to alarm at 10 % of the lower explosive limit (LEL). If any two alarms reach 20% of the LEL at the same time, it will completely shut down the entire plant. Our system will also not allow an override of this safety feature requiring the problem to be fixed immediately or the system will not start back up.

E. The five year accident history:
No accidents to report in the last five years.

F. The emergency response program:
Coordination of Emergency Response for this facility consists of tours taken by the Hahnville Fire Department and Local EMS system. Western invites the local Fire Department to our facility as part of their training program to familiarize them with our facility and products. These tours and training received count as required hours the Fire Department members to remain certified.

All Western personnel also receive training on emergency response. Evacuation drills are conducted at least annually or whenever a change in process would occur. Monthly safety meetings are held for all employees. Alert systems within the facility consist of word of mouth and by handheld cellular phones.

G. Planned changes to improve safety:
It is the intentions of management and this company to continue to train and strive for excellence in the industria
l gas business. We believe that properly trained personnel are safe personnel and therefore have no intentions of reducing the importance of safety. Safety First will remain the policy for this company.