A commitment to safety means a commitment to proactively protecting our employees, our community and the environment. Our terminals follow strict operating procedures designed to prevent accidents before they happen. These include:
Each day, our employees inspect the terminal for signs of potential problems, and to identify any additional maintenance that may be required outside our standard preventative maintenance program. In addition to our own work, state and federal agencies routinely conduct their own inspections to ensure our operations comply with requirements. These agencies include the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
- Safe operating protocols
- Emergency response
- Spill prevention and response
- Fire prevention and response
- Controls used to prevent fires through systems used at the terminal
- Work practices
Fire response training is conducted on a regular basis in conjunction with the Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District (CRFPD), and the Maritime Fire and Safety Association (MFSA), which would serve as incident commander in the event of an incident at the terminal. Representatives of the CRFPD have been on-site at the terminal, specifically to familiarize themselves with on-site facilities and equipment. We also work with Texas-based Williams Fire & Hazard Control, a global leader in fire suppression and response.
Employees receive regular training on spill response procedures, including the deployment of containment booms. This training provides employees with knowledge on the strategies to be employed in the event of a product spill to minimize risk to on-site personnel, the public, the environment and property.
Regular emergency preparedness and response drills are conducted involving facility personnel and local, state and federal emergency response organizations. Drills include emergency responder notification, tabletop exercises and equipment deployment activities. Following each drill, a documented review is conducted to evaluate drill performance and initiate any recommendations to improve performance. These drills exist to make certain that all responders are familiar with the terminal, their tasks and effective response measures.
A variety of on-site equipment is available for use during an incident or spill, including skimmers and pumps, booms, sorbents, communication equipment, and personal protective equipment. All ethanol tanks are equipped with a fixed foam fire suppression system. In addition, two self-contained mobile foam trailers equipped with hoses, nozzles and monitors are available for fire response within the terminal.
If an incident were to occur, the terminal operator is trained to assess the incident, respond as appropriate and conduct the notifications specified in the site’s Emergency Response Action Plan.