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Maintenance, Emergency Response


Vessel cleaning, confined space entry; transportation and disposal


Clean vessels, dispose hazardous waste


Specialty chemical


Flammables, corrosives, and oxidizers


Fluid stimulants; Hydrate, corrosion, paraffin, and scale inhibitors

Description of Work

Our client manufactures specialty chemicals for oil and natural gas production - fluid stimulants for oil drillers, hydrate, corrosion, paraffin, and scale inhibitors. EMA provides project management and field resources for the proper management of all hazardous/non-hazardous waste logistics generated in the plant. Also, EMA is the primary supplier for plant maintenance activities, which include, tank demolition, reactor/vessel cleanouts, confined space entry cleaning, rail tank car cleaning, intermodals, above ground storage tanks, and other site remediation projects.

EMA’s Role in Execution of Project

Plant Maintenance and Logistic Activities: The Plant Maintenance activities include a variety of hazardous material and waste atmosphere/environments. At the client’s request, EMA manages the cleanout of numerous vessels with tank atmospheres ranging from flammable, corrosive, oxidizers, and environmentally hazardous. Confined space entries are required for the majority of the cleanouts. The scope of work entails vacuuming and containerizing tank residuals. Safety is the top priority in the maintenance process both for the client and EMA. A Site Safety Plan is developed for each operational unit in the plant. After the Site Safety Plan, a daily safety plan is completed and signed by each crew member. The Logistic activities pertain to handling the hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated at the plant. Approximately 5.0 million pounds annually of hazardous waste is generated, transported, and disposed. The logistics process includes establishing the waste determination of a waste stream (EPA waste codes, DOT shipping description, etc), identifying and establishing the best disposal location, coordinating the shipping company with the disposal’s company delivery time, providing and completing all DOT shipping papers, labeling the drums or containers correctly, and coordinating the year-end federal reporting requirements. All logistics activities stated are then coordinated into a seamless EMA/client invoicing process for ease of payment and client chart-of-account tracking.

Expedited and Emergency Response Action: The client’s solvent recovery unit generated a release of a solvent based product. The release produced a hazardous condition for personnel in the plant and for equipment entering and exiting the facility. The solvent was released vertically (40) forty feet in an umbrella like scenario. EMA responded immediately and had two (2) teams each with six members on-site within four hours after we received the call from the client. EMA was identified as the “Incident Commander” for the plant clean-up. The crews began vacuuming any hazardous free liquid. The material was containerized for proper disposal and transportation. The impacted areas were scrubbed and power washed with isopropyl alcohol. The trucks and van trailers were wiped via man lifts and trailers. Also, the tank farms and reactors were wiped down with isopropyl alcohol. The cleaning and decontamination process was four days at twenty-four hours per day. Each crew worked (12) twelve-hour shifts. The response was completed without incident. Finally, EMA arranged for the proper disposal and transportation of the waste material generated from the spill and response activities.