Risk Management Plan: Morrisville, PA Solkatronic Chemicals Plant

Environmental Protection Agency Risk Management Plan 1992 Pennsylvania

Executive Summary 09-JUN-1999

Solkatronic Chemicals, Inc. Morrisville, PA, Morrisville, PA 19067

Executive Summary
Solkatronic Chemicals, Inc.
Morrisville, PA Operations Facility

1. Accidental release prevention and emergency response policies: At this facility, we manufacture Arsine and Hydrogen Selenide. We purify and transfill Trichlorosilane, Methyltrichlorosilane, Chlorine, and Ammonia. It is our policy to adhere to all applicable Federal, State, and Local rules and regulations. Safety depends upon the manner in which we handle these products combined with the safety devices inherent in the design of this facility. 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 and the CGA COMPGEAP Program defined by NFPA 472. The emergency response plan includes procedures for the notification of the local Fire Authority and Hazardous Materials unit. A detailed Hazardous Materials Management Plan (HMMP) provides detailed plans, actions, and contacts for on or off-site incidents that may occur.

2. The stationary source and regulated substances handled: The primary purpose of this facility is the manufacturing, purification, and fill of specialty gases used in the electronics and fiber optics industry. Those materials included in the RMP that are manufactured include Arsine and Hydrogen Selenide. Arsine is manufactured under vacuum by the addition of water and acid onto an Arsenic compound. Crude Arsine gas is evolved, collected, purified, and packaged. Hydrogen Selenide is manufactured under pressure by thermally reacting Hydrogen and Selenium to produce the finished product which is then packaged. Other materials that are purified and/or repackaged under RMP include Ammonia, Chlorine, Trichlorosilane, and Methyltrichlorosilane. All of which are taken from a bulk source and are repackaged and/or purified to various size containers within enclosed systems. Residual gases or vapors are vented to state of the art wet scrubbing systems with 99.97% efficiency.

The regulated substances handled and triggered at this facility are:

3. The worst-case release scenario(s) and the alternative release scenario(s), including administrative controls and mitigation measures to limit the distance for each reported scenario:

Below is a description of the WCS':

Below is a description of the ARS:

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

The facility complies with the Federal EPA's Accidental Release Prevention Plan and OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) regulation. The design and construction of the facility complies with applicable state and industry codes.

5. Five-year accident history:

Per the requirements of EPA RMP, there have been no accidents or accidental releases of flammable liquids, toxic liquids, or toxic gases that have had off-site consequences.

6. The emergency response program:

The facility's emergency response program is based upon OSHA's HAZWOPER standard and the CGA COMPGEAP program defined by NFPA 472. At this site, employees are trained to recognize emergencies and initiate emergency response from outside agencies if necessary. They have been trained to OSHA's Operations Level as a minimum or as a HazMat Technician. The employees receive annual refresher training in their role in the emergency plan. Emergency response activities have also been coordinated with the local municipalities. This includes an aggressive Local Mutual Aid group from surrounding industry and Emergency Services. Periodic drills are conducted with these groups/agencies to review the effectiveness of our emergency procedures. The last drill held in October of 1997 and again in May 1999.

7. Planned changes to improve safety:

Safety and Environmental Protection is of utmost importance to Solkatronic Chemicals, Inc. Through OSHA regulations as a minimum, the implementation of the CMA Responsible CARE initiative, and excellent Accident Prevention Programs, improvements to Safety is an ongoing continuous improvement process.

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This site was updated on June 18, 1999

RMP Facility ID: 1000 0002 4092 1992

Prepared: Aug 25 11:01:43 1999 Author: RMPinfo@ombwatch.org

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