If you have a reportable quantity (RQ) release of anhydrous ammonia equal to or greater than 18 gallons/100 pounds you have 15 minutes of knowledge of the release to contact the National Response Center at 800.424.8802, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency at 800.782.7860, your LEPC and local emergency responders (fire department, police). Contact IFCA for assistance.
If a farmer customer is in possession of anhydrous ammonia and a reportable release of 18 gallons or 100 pounds occurs, it is the farmer's responsibility to immediately notify the proper emergency personnel. Although your customers may not want to make the calls, it is also their responsibility per federal and state regulations to contact these agencies as well if the release occurs while they are in possession of the ammonia. Both IEMA and USEPA have made this very clear. A written follow-up report is also required and must be sent to IEMA and the LEPC as soon as possible following the incident. You can help your customers with the written report and we recommend you do so.
IFCA and the Asmark Institute developed a fire prevention plan tool to help agrichemical facilities identify and mitigate fire hazards at your facility. Click the heading above to access the Fire Prevention Plan Tool.
IDA regulations require an emergency sign with letters of a minimum height of two inches including the name and phone number of the owner, manager or agent of the anhydrous ammonia storage location. The sign must be located at the entrance to the site property or apart from the storage tanks. The Asmark Institute emergency sign program goes above and beyond compliance with this regulation. Signs are 39.5" long by 24" wide, are made of wind and weather resistant material and come printed with your company information for just $120 each. Cick on the heading above to order a sign.