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Air Products and Chemicals Norco Hydrogen Plant

Parent Companies:
Air Products & Chemicals Inc.
EPA Facility ID:
100000225133
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company DUNS:
3001070

Location:

Address:
14891 Airline Highway
Norco, LA 70079
County:
ST. CHARLES
Lat / Long:
29.997, -90.387 (Get map)
Method:
GPS - Unspecified
Description:
Administrative Building
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
World Geodetic System of 1984
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Air Products
Phone:
(985) 764-1049
Address:
14891 Airline Highway
Norco, LA 70079
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Jeff Bellelo
Title:
Area Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Ugochukwu Nwoso
Title:
Site Supervisor
Phone:
(985) 314-9878
24-hour phone:
(985) 314-9878
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(985) 764-1393
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
St. Charles Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
11
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
No
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
Yes
CAA Permit ID#:
3085-V1
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
Inspecting Agency:
None New Site
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Hydrogen Production
RMP ID:
1000048855
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Industrial Gas Manufacturing (32512)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Flammable Mixture
00-11-11
82,528
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

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

Phone:
(713) 920-7250

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
March 20, 2014
Type:
First-time submission
Reason:
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000039703

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 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

Hydrogen Production, Industrial Gas Manufacturing (32512)
Prevention Program ID:
1000042278
Safety Review Date
March 10, 2014, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Jan. 27, 2012, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Flares
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Emergency Power
  • Backup Pump
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Excess Flow Device
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
March 10, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
March 10, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
March 14, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
March 16, 2014, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
None
Management of Change Review Date
May 1, 2009
Pre-startup Review Date
March 17, 2014
Compliance Audit Date
None
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
None
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
Oct. 1, 2013
Hot Work Review Date
Oct. 31, 2012
Contractor Safety Review Date
April 16, 2010, 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:
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) 703-1819
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

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Norco, 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 OSHA's HAZWOPER regulation. The emergency response

plan includes procedures for the notification of the Valero Emergency Response Team and other appropriate local

responders so that appropriate measures can be taken to control accidental releases.

This document has been prepared in accordance with the EPA's 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 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

monoxide 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 EPA's Accidental Release

Prevention Plan and OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) regulation. This facility was designed and

constructed to comply with applicable state and industry codes.

4. Five year accident history:

This is a new facility. There have been no accidents involving or accidental releases of flammable gas.

5. The emergency response program:

The facility's emergency response program is based upon OSHA's HAZWOPER standard. At this site,

employees are trained to recognize emergencies and initiate emergency response from outside agencies.

They have been trained to OSHA's First Responder Awareness Level. The employees will receive annual

refresher training in their role in the emergency plan. Emergency response activities will be coordinated with

the Valero Emergency Response Team.

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.