Department of Agriculture - Fertilizer Storage and Handling - Control and recovery of discharges.

Published: 2001-11-12

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(A) Every owner of a permanent storage vessel:

(1) Shall prepare a written discharge response plan for the storage facility. The operator shall keep the plan current at all times. A copy of the plan shall be kept readily available at the storage facility and at the nearest local office from which the storage facility is administered, and shall be available for inspection and copying by the department. The plan shall include:

(a) The identity and telephone number of the persons or agencies who are to be contacted in the event of a discharge, including persons responsible for the stored fertilizer;

(b) An identification of each type of liquid bulk fertilizer stored at the storage facility;

(c) An identification, by location, of every storage container located at the storage facility, and the type of liquid bulk fertilizer stored in each storage container;

(d) For each type of liquid bulk fertilizer stored at the facility, the procedures to be used in controlling and recovering, or otherwise responding to a discharge;

(e) Procedures to be used in disposing of a recovered discharge;

(2) Shall have available at each facility:

(a) Ready access to pumps and recovery containers of sufficient size and capacity to recover any discharges;

(b) A sufficient quantity of absorbent materials suitable for the control and cleanup of smaller discharges;

(3) Shall train a suitable number of persons employed at the facility in discharge response procedures in accordance with the plan required under paragraph (A) of this rule.

(B) Discharges at a storage facility shall be promptly recovered, to the maximum extent practical. Pumps, recovery equipment, and recovery containers shall be readily available.

(C) Spills which occur outside containment structures shall be reported by telephone to the national response center and the Ohio environmental protection agency office of emergency management immediately after the discharge is discovered. All applicable local, state, and federal spill reporting requirements shall be met.