This manual has been prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri & Nebraska). Region 7 thanks all who contributed their time and expertise to thedevelopment of this manual. A special thanks to the final editor, Patricia Reitz, of EPA Region 7.
Notes about this Third Edition:
The first printing of this manual was April 2005. The second printing had minor typographical changes and was printed October 2005.This third printing corrected typographical and formatting errors. In addition, the “Rupture Disc/Dual Relief Valve Assembly” diagram onPage 3-5 was modified.
The final change was on Page 3-13 with the addition of the “Thermal Imaging” section.
•This manual provides guidance to assist regulated entities in understanding their obligations in accordance with environmental laws.For a complete understanding of all legal requirements, the reader must refer to applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.This manual is not a substitute for regulations, nor is it a regulation itself. Thus, it cannot impose legally binding requirements of EPA,states, or the regulated community.•This guidance does not represent final agency action and may change in the future, as appropriate.•This guidance does not limit the otherwise lawful prerogatives of regulating agencies. Agencies may act at variance with this guidancebased on facility-specific circumstances.•Mention of trade names, commercial products, industry references, and technical resources does not constitute an endorsement orrecommendation for use.
What’s this Manual All About?
There are many environmental lawsand regulations in place to protectoperators, other employees, andsurrounding communities from thepotential hazards of working with toxicchemicals like anhydrous ammonia.This manual summarizes therequirements of these laws foranhydrous ammonia system operators.A list of the federal laws and regulations related to process safety, accidentprevention, emergency planning, and release reporting may be found in Chapter 5.Many anhydrous ammonia system operators know their systems inside and out. If you are already familiar with the environmental laws and regulations that pertain toyour system, then you are invited to test your knowledge by taking the quiz inAppendix F. If you score 100% - CONGRATULATIONS and you may not need thismanual. If you score less than 100%, this manual will help you update yourknowledge base. Good luck!
Test your ammonia refrigeration knowledge in Appendix F.