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Convent, Louisiana Hydrogen Facility

Parent Companies:
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
EPA Facility ID:
100000193685
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company DUNS:
3001070

Location:

Address:
10759 Convent Way Road
Convent, LA 70723
County:
ST. JAMES
Lat / Long:
30.109, -90.886 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Satellite
Description:
Process Unit
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
World Geodetic System of 1984
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Phone:
(225) 562-3778
Address:
10759 Convent Way Road
Convent, LA 70723
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Jeffrey B Bellelo
Title:
Site Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Corey Babineaux
Title:
Site Supervisor
Phone:
(225) 562-3778
24-hour phone:
(985) 227-8154
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(225) 562-3778
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
St. James Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
13
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:
July 30, 2013
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Unspecified process
RMP ID:
1000068285
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Industrial Gas Manufacturing (32512)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Flammable Mixture
00-11-11
68,127
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Matthew Hornyak
Address:
1423 Pasadena Freeway
Pasadena, TX 77506
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(713) 920-7250

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
Dec. 16, 2015
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
5-year update (40 CFR 68.190(b)(1))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000054517

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 Unspecified 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 Unspecified process)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
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

, Industrial Gas Manufacturing (32512)
Prevention Program ID:
1000056991
Safety Review Date
Oct. 21, 2015, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Oct. 21, 2015, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • HAZOP
  • FTA
Hazards Identified
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Flares
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Emergency Air Supply
  • Emergency Power
  • Backup Pump
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • Dikes
  • Fire Walls
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
July 13, 2015, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
July 29, 2015, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Dec. 2, 2015, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Jan. 15, 2015, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Nov. 30, 2015
Management of Change Review Date
Dec. 1, 2014
Pre-startup Review Date
Dec. 29, 2014
Compliance Audit Date
Sept. 23, 2014
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
March 27, 2015
Incident Investigation Date
Oct. 19, 2010
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
Dec. 28, 2010
Participation Plan Review Date
Oct. 24, 2013
Hot Work Review Date
Dec. 1, 2014
Contractor Safety Review Date
March 12, 2012, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Dec. 1, 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:
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:
(225) 562-6965
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

Federal RMP Executive Summary



Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Convent, Louisiana Hydrogen Facility



1. Accidental release prevention and emergency response policies:



At this facility, we manufacture gaseous hydrogen. Hydrogen and methane, in the amounts handled by our facility, is considered hazardous by the EPA. It is our policy to adhere to all applicable Federal and state rules and regulations. Air Products manages the safety of the regulated processes by means of operating procedures, equipment testing and inspections, safety devices (e.g., alarms, shutdowns, instrumentation, relief devices) inherent in the design of this facility and other controls and systems designed to prevent accidental releases of hazardous chemicals. Safe work practices and training of our personnel supplement the inherent safe design of the plant.



Our emergency response program is based upon OSHAs HAZWOPER regulation. The emergency response plan includes procedures for the notification of Industrial Emergency Services (IES) at Motiva Enterprises Refinery in Convent, Louisiana so that appropriate measures can be taken by local emergency responders to control accidental releases.



This document has been prepared in accordance with the EPAs Risk Management Plan regulation (40 CFR, Part 68). The substances and processes considered during the preparation of this RMP and the scenarios described were selected based on criteria established in the regulation.



2. The stationary source and regulated substances handled:



The primary purpose of this facility is the manufacturing of gaseous hydrogen. Our refinery customer uses the hydrogen. Natural gas and refinery fuel gas is received by our plant via pipeline and used as feedstock. The feedstock is reacted in the reformer furnace. By exposing the feedstock to a catalyst in the presence of heat (approximately 1,600 degrees F.) and steam, a chemical reaction takes place that converts the feedstock into hydrogen, carbon m
onoxide and carbon dioxide. The carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are then separated from the hydrogen in a Pressure-Swing Adsorption (PSA) system.



The regulated substance handled at this facility is the flammable gas mixture.



3. The general accidental release prevention program and specific prevention steps:



The facility developed prevention program elements based on the Federal EPAs Accidental Release Prevention Plan and OSHAs Process Safety Management (PSM) regulation. This facility was designed and constructed to comply with applicable state and industry codes.



4. Five-year accident history:



We have not had any RMP related accidents in the past five years.



5. The emergency response program:



The facility emergency response program is based upon OSHAs HAZWOPER standard. At this site, employees are trained to recognize emergencies and initiate emergency response from outside agencies. They have been trained to OSHAs First Responder Awareness Level. The employees receive annual refresher training in their role in the emergency plan. Emergency response activities are coordinated with IES at Motiva Enterprises Convent, Louisiana refinery.



6. Planned changes to improve safety:



The facility resolves recommendations from PHAs and Incident Investigations, some of which may result in modifications to the plant design and operating procedures.