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Pages with information about evacuation areas from Penn-Mar Ethanol's Emergency Response Plan submitted for their proposed Conoy Township, Lancaster County distillery (Click)
Excerpt from Proposed ethanol plant details emergency-response plan by Ad Crable, Lancaster New Era showing map of evacuation areas. (Click)
► Oil - gasoline depot/terminal explosion:
"...Explosions ripped through a major fuel depot north of London on Sunday, injuring dozens of people, blowing doors off nearby homes and sending fireballs and massive clouds of black smoke into the sky....
...Noxious fumes from the fire, which left some people coughing, also affected the large number of police who sealed off the area and evacuated nearly 300 people to a bowling alley being used as a temporary shelter....
...The Environment Agency said any leaking kerosene, oil or gasoline could damage nearby rivers or streams...."
Explosions at fuel depot shake southeast England by Thomas Wagner, AP, Salt Lake Tribune, December 12, 2005 (Click)
"...The network showed flames
shooting an estimated 80 to 100 meters (up to 300 feet) in the air, along with
an immense cloud of smoke blocking out the sun. Witnesses told ITN the blasts
shattered windows and caused other damage at nearby homes....
...Witness Simon Heyward described to ITN seeing "what looked like fireworks shooting up into the sky." Police, he said, had cordoned off the area....
Crews attack UK fuel depot blaze from CNN online contributed by the Associated Press, December 12, 2005 (Click)
! To read the list of volatile and hazardous materials that would be stored at the proposed Penn-Mar Ethanol distillery site next to Letterkenny Army Depots critical missions. Click
here for a group of pictures of the Port Kembla Fire. Click
on the thumbnails pictures for a larger picture.
! Click here to find link to the story below.
large metal bins collapsed and took out a bunch of apparatus,
the mechanism that distributes the grain from the bins--it
disabled all of that--it's just a snarled mess," Chief
Deputy Craig Friedrichs said...
ETHANOL SPILL AND EVACUATION Tuesday, September 6, 2005
derails, spilling cargo
of ethanol explosion force 100 to leave their homes
, The Wichita Eagle, posted September 1, 2005
ethanol plant details emergency-response plan by
Ad Crable, New Era Staff Writer
(Click to view) Information we have been able to obtain indicates that Penn-Mar Ethanol's Emergency Response Plan that was submitted to Franklin County Planning Commission and Greene Township is the same identical Plan.
More articles about the dangers of ethanol distilleries
Oil Company Fire Prompts Evacuations (Click to View)
Responders Can't Handle an ethanol accident.
Ryan Phillips, July, 2004
come in ethanol plant fire
Fire damages Gopher State Ethanol plant By Terry Collins, July 26, 2003
Iowa Ethanol Plant Fire Mason City, Iowa, October 2004
Plover fire victim recovering Wisconsin, August 2003
the Atchison Daily Globe, Kansas, September 2002
According to the Integrated Contingency Plans for Penn-Mar Ethanol (March 31, 2005) which is part of Penn-Mar's Plan Approval Application to PADEP for a " Fuel Ethanol Production Facility," the following would be stored on-site:
... five 13,333 cubic foot Carbon Dioxide (CO2) storage tanks
8,000 lbs Anhydrous ammonia would be at the distillery;
18,000 gallons of Aqueous ammonia would be in an aboveground storage tank;
165,000 gallons 95% ethanol - aboveground storage tank;
165,000 gallons 100% ethanol - aboveground storage tank;
1.5 million gallons Fuel Ethanol - 2 aboveground storage tanks (AST);
75,000 gallons of Gasoline for denaturing in aboveground storage tank (AST);
7,000 gallons Sulfuric Acid - aboveground storage tank;
5,700 gallons Sulfamic Acid - aboveground storage tank;
8,000 gallons Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic Soda) - aboveground storage tank;
8,400 gallons Glucose Amylase - aboveground storage tank;
8,400 gallons Alpha Amylase - aboveground storage tank;
4 Fermentation tanks:
745,000 gallons each
1,000,000 gallons - Beer well
Penn-Mar Ethanol does not mention the proposed Franklin County Prison in its External Factor Planning from the Integrated Contingency Plans for Penn-Mar Ethanol (Click to view).
It does state: "Bomb threats, civil disturbances, national emergencies and other large-scale emergencies would be unlikely to contribute to a hazardous materials release."
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