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New Orleans Cold Storage

Parent Companies:
EPA Facility ID:
100000188879
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0

Location:

Address:
3411 S. Jourdan Road
New Orleans, LA 70126
County:
ORLEANS
Lat / Long:
29.997, -90.015 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Photo
Description:
Center of Facility
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:
24000

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Mark Blanchard
Phone:
(504) 214-4567
Address:
3411 Jourdan road
New Orleans, LA 70126
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Bill Alberts
Title:
Corporate Chief Engineer

Emergency contact:

Name:
Edward Monaghan
Title:
Assistant Chief Engineer
Phone:
(504) 944-4400
24-hour phone:
(504) 214-4564
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

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

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Orleans Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
42
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:
May 20, 2009
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

NOCS
RMP ID:
1000056495
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage (49312)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Ammonia (anhydrous)
7664-41-7
50,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Steven Hutchinson - PSM Compliance Inc.
Address:
216 Briarglen Drive
League City, TX 77573
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(281) 685-8348

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
July 15, 2014
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
5-year update (40 CFR 68.190(b)(1))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000045523

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 NOCS)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
99.0
Physical state:
Gas liquified by pressure
Model used:
Areal Locations of Hazardous Atmospheres [ALOHA(R)]
Release duration (mins):
10.00
Wind speed (meters per sec):
1.5
Stability class:
F
Topography:
Rural
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 NOCS)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Gas liquified by pressure
Model used:
Areal Locations of Hazardous Atmospheres [ALOHA(R)]
Wind speed (meters per sec):
3.00
Stability class:
B
Topography:
Rural
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • Enclosures
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Berms
  • Drains
  • Sumps
Active mitigation
considered:
  • Deluge systems
not considered:
  • Sprinkler 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

NOCS, Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage (49312)
Prevention Program ID:
1000047160
Safety Review Date
May 1, 2014, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Jan. 4, 2010, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • What if/Checklist
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Tornado
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Backup Pump
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
  • Perimeter Monitors
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
May 1, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
May 29, 2009, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
May 1, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
May 1, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Feb. 14, 2012
Management of Change Review Date
Nov. 15, 2009
Pre-startup Review Date
Feb. 14, 2012
Compliance Audit Date
Aug. 11, 2011
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Sept. 8, 2012
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
Nov. 11, 2013
Hot Work Review Date
Feb. 1, 2014
Contractor Safety Review Date
April 11, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
April 11, 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:
Yes
Inform. Procedures in Response Plan:
No
Emergency Care in Response Plan:
No
Plan Review Date:
Response Training Date:
Aug. 8, 2013
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(504) 565-7800
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:
No
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

Executive Summary



A. Describe Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Policies





At NOCS our safety objectives will be met as well as adherence to all applicable federal, state and local regulations and standards. This means all employees must be fully supportive of our Safety and Health Programs for it to be truly effective.



Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Policies are designed to comply with OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) standard (Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals, 29 CFR 1910.119) and EPA's Risk Management Program (RMP) for Chemical Accidental Release Prevention, 40 CFR Part 68 regulation.



The purpose of the accidental release prevention and emergency action program is to prevent the occurrence, and minimize the consequences, of significant releases of toxic substances as well as fires, explosions, and other types of catastrophic accidents. Overall, these programs prevent accidental fatalities, injuries and illnesses and avoid physical property damage.



Safety requires the full diligence of each and every employee. This safety awareness must exist in everyone's actions, thinking and planning. Each employee must not only prevent obvious unsafe acts, but also must anticipate and eliminate potential hazards to him or her and co-workers.



It is NOCS's policy that all tasks and assignments will be performed in a safe and efficient manner, assuring the maximum opportunity for an accident-free workplace.



B. Stationary Source and Regulated Substances Handled



New Orleans Cold Storage is a refrigerated warehouse for the storage of perishable foods. This facility operates an ammonia refrigeration system to provide cooling and freezing capabilities. The amount of anhydrous ammonia (CAS #7662-41-7) contained in this system is in excess of 10,000 pounds. The ammonia inventory of this system is approximately 50,000 lbs. Since ammonia releases from this system could pose a risk to onsite personnel,as
well as offsite to the environment and the public sector, it is regulated under the OSHA PSM standard (29 CFR 1910.119) as well as subject to the Program 3 requirements of the EPA's RMP regulation.



The closed loop ammonia refrigeration system at the facility provides (3) major suction pressures (temperatures) for use in the preservation and process freezing of perishable food products. Through the use of single stage compression the refrigeration system provides refrigerant temperatures of -25F. -35F and +11.5F.



The higher pressure portions of the system include the condenser, located on the roof, along with refrigerant vent lines where any leaks can dissipate to the air where consumed as it goes through a natural biodegrading process. Normal safeties include: high pressure cut-outs, relief valves, deluge system and ventilating systems for machine room areas.



C. Summary of Worst-Case and Alternative Release Scenarios



The Worst Case Release Scenario is determined to be a catastrophic release from the High Pressure Receiver V-1 Vessel. A worst-case release from this vessel includes an estimated 10,929 pounds of ammonia. For this Worst Case Release Scenario, the distance from source to toxic endpoint is 2.4 miles.



The worst-case release scenario is unlikely for the following reasons:



Industry standards were followed for the manufacture and quality control of these vessels;

Pressure safety valves limit operating pressures in these vessels and vessels have design margins of safety of about 4 to 1. Active mitigation would be the Emergency Shutdown System which permits system to equalize to 50-60 psig





Alternative Release Scenario Analysis



An Alternative Release Scenario is chosen as a pipe failure. The potential for a pipe failure is possible given the extensive ammonia piping system extending throughout the Facility and, as such, represents a more realistic event than the catastrophic failure of a vessel.



Based on ALOHA calculation it is
assumed the failure of a 2-inch pipe elbow due to line connected to the V-1 (at #150) Receiver after impact by fork truck. Using EPA-suggested meteorological parameters for alternative scenarios and following a 10 minute release, the distance from release point to the toxic endpoint is 0.25 miles.



The Alternative Release Scenario is unlikely for the following reasons:



The high pressure liquid lines are located in enclosed areas that could help to contain such a release;

Industry standards were followed for the manufacture and quality control of these lines;

Ammonia is not corrosive in this service. Trained and certified fork truck operators. Limited fork truck traffic allowed in engine room.



D. Description of the Accidental Release Prevention Program



The prevention program (OSHA Process Safety Management CFR 1910.119) consists of the following elements; these programs are current under reevaluation and restructure.

Employee Participation

Process Safety Information

Process Hazard Analysis

Operating Procedures

Training

Contractors

Pre-startup Safety Review

Mechanical Integrity

Hot Work Permit

Management of Change

Incident Investigation

Compliance Audits



E. Five-Year Accident History



There have been no reportable incidents in the past five years.



F. Description of the Emergency Response Program



This facility will call in local emergency personnel in the event of a significant ammonia release. The facility is included in the community Emergency Response Program coordinated by the Orleans Parish, Louisiana LEPC, 317 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 1-504-565-7800. The current EAP is under review and revision.



G. Planned Changes to Improve Safety



An active PSM team provides routine over-site of the PSM program to assure policy and procedures are reviewed, maintained and updated as needed to improve the PSM program, and thus improve safety.