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The RMP was
designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the safe
storage and use of certain chemicals, to minimize the likelihood of releasing
them to the air, and to minimize the potential consequences to people and the
environment should a release occur.
In the unlikely event that a significant release did occur at a JEA
facility, the fire department will notify those people in close proximity to the
plant who could be exposed to the chemical. Fire department officials will
instruct those individuals to evacuate the area until the chemical dissipates,
or that they "shelter-in-place." Sheltering-in-place involves staying indoors
with windows closed and heating, air conditioning and ventilating systems turned
Under most realistic scenarios, chlorine and sulfur dioxide can cause
irritation of the nose and upper respiratory tract. Although propane is a
flammable gas, it is unlikely to cause any consequences outside the
Each JEA facility has numerous safeguards in place to protect you and
your family, our employees and the environment. For example:
storing and using chemicals are designed to provide a safety margin.
uses safety devices, such as pressure safety valves, leak detectors, alarms and
automatic shut-off valves. These systems are monitored 24 hours a day.
On-site written operating procedures address every conceivable mode of
operation to ensure JEA employees maintain control over the entire system.
JEA has an excellent preventive maintenance program designed to replace
equipment before it fails.
Every JEA employee working with these
chemicals is highly experienced and completes thorough training.
Emergency Response Program has established written procedures for responding as
rapidly as possible to minimize potential consequences of chemical releases.
Regular inspections and audits ensure compliance with all RMP
Cooperation already established between JEA and all
community emergency response teams, including the fire and rescue department,
the police department and the emergency planning committee, increases speed and
effectiveness of emergency responses.
For more than 100 years, JEA has been operating at numerous locations within our community and has never had a chemical release large enough to harm any of our neighbors or customers. JEA is committed to continuing this excellent safety record.
uses three chemicals in quantities covered by RMP: