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Praxair 416 SMR HYCO Site (St. Charles)

Parent Companies:
Praxair, Inc.
EPA Facility ID:
100000221636
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company DUNS:
197154586

Location:

Address:
Prospect Ave / Post 2
Norco, LA 70079
County:
ST. CHARLES
Lat / Long:
29.993, -90.388 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Digital map source (TIGER)
Description:
Process Unit
Horizonal accuracy:
55 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Praxair, Inc.
Phone:
(225) 677-5700
Address:
Prospect Ave / Post 2
Valero REfinery
Norco, LA 70079
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Craig Robnik
Title:
Manufacturing Director

Emergency contact:

Name:
Trevor James
Title:
Operations Superintendent
Phone:
(225) 677-5702
24-hour phone:
(225) 715-2410
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(800) 772-9247
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
St. Charles Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
14
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:
July 4, 2017
Inspecting Agency:
Louisiana State Fire Marshall Boiler Inspec. Div
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Hydrogen Production
RMP ID:
1000085173
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Industrial Gas Manufacturing (32512)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Flammable Mixture
00-11-11
26,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
March 5, 2018
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
5-year update (40 CFR 68.190(b)(1))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000067917

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 Hydrogen Production)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
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 Hydrogen Production)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
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

Hydrogen Production, Industrial Gas Manufacturing (32512)
Prevention Program ID:
1000071891
Safety Review Date
Jan. 9, 2018, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
June 21, 2013, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Flares
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Keyed Bypass
  • Emergency Air Supply
  • Emergency Power
  • Backup Pump
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Inhibitor Addition
  • Rupture Disks
  • Excess Flow Device
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Jan. 9, 2018, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Dec. 16, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
June 21, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Dec. 6, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Jan. 15, 2018
Management of Change Review Date
Sept. 5, 2017
Pre-startup Review Date
Jan. 15, 2018
Compliance Audit Date
June 9, 2016
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
March 7, 2017
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
June 9, 2016
Hot Work Review Date
Dec. 18, 2017
Contractor Safety Review Date
Dec. 9, 2017, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Dec. 9, 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) 764-8611
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

Facility Description

The Praxair 416 SMR HYCO Site at Laplace, LA is a hydrogen production plant. We react steam and methane (natural gas) to form hydrogen gas, which we then purify compress and feed into hydrogen pipelines.



Regulated Substances



This facility uses, manufactures or stores a chemical listed in part 68 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, beyond a threshold quantity, as established by the EPA. The chemical is:

Flammable mixture containing hydrogen, methane and other components, manufactured on site.



Accidental Release Prevention Policy:



Praxair is dedicated to being the best performing industrial gas company in all aspects of our business, including safety, health and environmental affairs. Our safety, health and environmental policy calls for a commitment to protecting the health and safety of our employees, neighbors and the surrounding environment.



This policy is the basis for engineering and construction programs that produce equipment and process systems that minimize the possibility of accidental chemical releases and operational safety programs that ensure safe operations of our facilities. Praxair is committed to the continuous improvement of these programs.



Praxair is an active member of the American Chemistry Council and subscribes to the council's program of Responsible Care; Employee Health and Safety Code of Management Practices.



Prevention Program:



In accordance with OSHA's Process Safety Management standard and EPA's Risk Management Program rule, the Laplace facility has a comprehensive accident prevention program in place. This program is built around process safety concepts such as:

- Technical documentation of PSI (Process Safety Information), describing the physical properties of the hazardous substances, the safety systems in place to control these substances and the critical operating parameters of the associated equipment and systems.



- Procedures and programs to develop, m
aintain and control key program elements such as process operations, equipment mechanical integrity, employee training, management of change, hot work permits, incident investigation and contractor activity.



- Initial and periodic review of new or modified processes through application of comprehensive design safety and management of change programs that include Process Hazard Analysis study and pre-startup review.



Praxair has an employee participation program that promotes involvement in the process safety program and helps ensure understanding of facility specific elements of the safety program.



The prevention program is audited periodically, by our corporate assessment group to ensure that the process safety concepts and practices are in place and working effectively.



Chemical-specific Prevention Steps:



In addition to the required prevention program elements, we have implemented safety features specific to the covered process at our facility. Following is a description of some of these safety features.



- At this location, we have field mounted fire alarm control systems which tie into the central control unit that will alarm and indicate the location of the problem.



- Fire extinguishers are located in key areas of the plant. They are inspected monthly and undergo yearly inspections by an outside vendor.



- Plant operation emergency shutdowns (if process variable is exceeded) will shutdown the plant and isolate the process. This location has multiple plant emergency trips located throughout the facility.



- During plant emergency alarm conditions, this facility contacts Valero Refinery first responders.



The facility completed construction and was started up in 2013. It has not experienced an accident reportable under the RMP regulation in the last 5 years.



Emergency Response Program:



Praxair has an emergency response program in place to minimize the effects of accidental release of regulated substances to employees, the p
ublic and the environment. Praxair employees are trained to recognize and respond to emergencies at the operator defensive level per OHSA requirements. For situations requiring technician-level response, Praxair has in place an emergency response plan with the refinery who is our site host. The refinery's response team is considered our first responder.



All facility employees are trained in their role in the emergency plan and emergency drills are conducted at least annually.



Planned Changes to Improve Safety:



Praxair has a commitment to safety that is expressed in a company-wide goal of "Zero/Zero", which means zero accidents and zero injuries or illness at each and every location. We look to constantly improve the safety of our processes using recommendations developed through the preventions program and a program soliciting safety suggestions from our employees.



There are currently no major projects for safety improvements that have reached the planning stage.