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Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc.

Parent Companies:
EPA Facility ID:
100000220236
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0

Location:

Address:
63331 Old Military Rd
Pearl River, LA 70452
County:
ST. TAMMANY
Lat / Long:
30.351, -89.746 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Satellite
Description:
Other
Horizonal accuracy:
10 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Associated Wholesale Grocers
Phone:
(985) 863-1440
Address:
63331 Old Military Rd
Pearl River, LA 70452
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Ken Gillman
Title:
Facility Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Ken Gillman
Title:
Facility Manager
Phone:
(985) 863-1500
24-hour phone:
(901) 508-0667
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

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

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
St. Tammany Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
350
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:
Aug. 27, 2013
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Ammonia Refrigeration Sys
RMP ID:
1000084798
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage (49312)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Ammonia (anhydrous)
7664-41-7
27,600
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
Jan. 19, 2018
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
5-year update (40 CFR 68.190(b)(1))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000067600

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 Ammonia Refrigeration Sys)
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 Ammonia Refrigeration Sys)
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:
  • Emergency shutdown
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Excess flow valve
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers

4. Flammables: Worst-case

None

5. Flammables: Alternative release

None

6. Five-year accident history

No Registered Accidents

7. Prevention: Program level 3

Ammonia Refrigeration Sys, Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage (49312)
Prevention Program ID:
1000071562
Safety Review Date
Oct. 11, 2017, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Sept. 16, 2015, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • What if/Checklist
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Floods
  • Tornado
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Emergency Power
  • Backup Pump
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
Changes since PHA
  • Increased Inventory
Training Type
  • Classrom
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Oct. 17, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Oct. 17, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Oct. 17, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Oct. 26, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
April 1, 2015
Management of Change Review Date
Jan. 5, 2018
Pre-startup Review Date
Nov. 4, 2015
Compliance Audit Date
Aug. 24, 2017
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
April 4, 2018
Incident Investigation Date
May 26, 2015
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
May 26, 2015
Participation Plan Review Date
Aug. 24, 2017
Hot Work Review Date
Aug. 24, 2017
Contractor Safety Review Date
Aug. 24, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Aug. 24, 2017, 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:
(985) 294-9167
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

Executive Summary



Stationary Source and the Regulated Substances Handled

Associated Wholesale Grocers is a food distribution facility. Anhydrous ammonia is the only regulated substance present at the Pearl River, Louisiana facility per EPA Regulation 40 CFR Part 68. The entire ammonia inventory is attributed to its use as a refrigerant.



Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies

Associated Wholesale Grocers is committed to employee, public and environmental safety. Our comprehensive accidental release prevention program that covers areas such as design, installation, operating procedures, and maintenance demonstrates this commitment, and employee training associated with the processes at our facility. It is our policy to implement appropriate controls to prevent possible releases of regulated substances. If such a release does occur, our trained refrigeration personnel are at hand to control and mitigate the effects of the release from a safe distance. We coordinate with Fire Department/ HAZMAT team which provides first responders emergency response expertise.



Worst Case Release Scenario and the Alternative Release Scenario

Worst case and alternate release scenarios were developed using the methodology given in the EPA's "RMP*COMP" and compared to "Risk Management Program Guidance for Ammonia Refrigeration". The details of the chosen scenarios are located within the Risk Management Program that is located on site.



Accidental Release Prevention and the Chemical-Specific Prevention Program

Associated Wholesale Grocers has taken all the necessary steps to comply with the accidental release prevention requirements set out under 40 CFR Part 68 of the EPA. In addition, our facility is subject to the OSHA PSM standard under 29 CFR 1910.119. The following sections briefly describe the elements of the release prevention program that is in place at our stationary source.



Process Safety Information

Associated Wholesale Grocers c
urrently maintains a record of written process safety information that describes the chemical hazards, operating parameters and equipment designs associated with all the processes.



Process Hazard Analysis

The methodology used to carry out the analysis is a What If Analysis Checklist. The analyses are undertaken by a team of qualified personnel with expertise in engineering and process operations and are revalidated at a regular interval of 5 years. Any findings related to the hazard analysis are addressed in a timely manner.



Operating Procedures

For the purposes of safely conducting activities within our covered process, Associated Wholesale Grocers maintains written operating procedures. These procedures address various modes of operation such as initial startup, normal operations, temporary operations, emergency shutdown, emergency operations, normal shutdown and startup after a turnaround. The information is reviewed and is readily accessible to operators involved with the process.



Training

Associated Wholesale Grocers has a training program in place to train employees who are operating the process or are associated with the process. Refresher training will be provided at least every three (3) years and more frequently as needed.



Mechanical Integrity

Associated Wholesale Grocers conducts documented maintenance checks on process equipment to ensure proper operations by a qualified refrigeration technician. Training is provided to the personnel as needed. Any equipment deficiencies identified during maintenance checks are corrected in a safe and timely manner.



Management of Change

Written procedures are in place at Associated Wholesale Grocers to manage changes in process chemicals, technology, equipment and procedures. Process operators, maintenance personnel and all other employees whose job tasks are affected by a change in a process are promptly made aware of and offered training to deal with the changes.



Pre-startup Reviews

Pre-
start up safety reviews related to new processes and to modifications in the established process are conducted as a regular practice at Associated Wholesale Grocers. These reviews are conducted to confirm that construction, equipment, operating and maintenance procedures are suitable for safe startup prior to placing equipment into operation.



Compliance Audits

Associated Wholesale Grocers conducts audits on a regular basis to determine whether the provisions set out under the RMP Rule are being implemented. These audits are carried out at least every 3 years and any corrective actions required as a result of the audits are undertaken in a safe and prompt manner.



Incident Investigation

Associated Wholesale Grocers promptly investigates incidents that has resulted or could have reasonably resulted in a catastrophic release of a regulated substance. These investigations are undertaken to identify the situation leading to the incident as well as any corrective actions to prevent the release from reoccurring. All reports will be retained for a minimum of 5 years.



Employee Participation

Associated Wholesale Grocers believes that process safety management and accident prevention is a team effort. Company employees are encouraged to express their views concerning accident prevention issues and to recommend improvements. In addition, our employees have access to all information collected as part of the facility's compliance with the RMP Rule including information resulting from process hazard analyses.



Contractors

On occasion, our company hires contractors to conduct specialized maintenance and construction activities. Prior to selecting a contractor, a thorough evaluation of safety performance of the contractor is carried out. Associated Wholesale Grocers has a policy of informing the contractors of known potential hazards related the contractor's work and the processes. Contractors are also informed of all applicable procedures for emergency respon
se to an accidental release of a regulated substance.



Five-year Accident History

Associated Wholesale Grocers works continuously to prevent any accident from occurring. There have not been any accidental releases in the past 5 years.



Emergency Response Plan

Associated Wholesale Grocers has a written emergency action plan to deal with accidental releases of hazardous materials. The plan includes all aspects of emergency action plan including evacuations and notification of local emergency response agencies and the public. If such a release does occur, our trained refrigeration personnel are at hand to control and mitigate the effects of the release from a safe distance. We coordinate with Fire Department/ HAZMAT team which provides first responders emergency response expertise.



Planned Changes to Improve Safety

Continued training and program reviews are some of the steps that will be taken to improve safety.