There is a permit fee of $50.00 for substantially altering a facility, and a permit fee of $100.00 for a new facility pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 18B.305, subdivision 2.
WHAT ARE SUBSTANTIAL ALTERATIONS?
Recommend contacting the MDA to determine if a change/update to an existing anhydrous ammonia facility constitutes a substantial alteration.
In order for the department to determine if your facility meets the requirements, it is necessary that the permit application must contain certain essential information. The following is a list of items that must be provided/submitted in the permit application.
IDENTIFICATION: List the legal name, mailing address, telephone, and fax.
SIZE OF LOT OWNED OR LEASED: List the dimension of the property at which the added/new storage tank(s) will be installed or substantial alteration will be performed.
LOCATION OF FACILITY SITE: List the 911 Address and legal description of facility site.
LOCAL PERMIT: Indicate if the construction of your facility requires a permit from the local zoning authority, a copy of that permit is required to must be submitted with the permit application.
NUMBER & CAPACITY OF STORAGE CONTAINERS: State the capacity, in gallons, of each storage container.
STORAGE CONTAINER NAMEPLATE INFORMATION: List the information requested on application.
SIGNATURE, DATE, CONTACT INFORMATION AREA: Complete this area.
STORAGE CONTAINER NAMEPLATE INFORMATION: List information requested on application. If the nameplate has a National Board (NB) number obtain and submit a U1A data report. A U1A data report may not be submitted if the National Board (NB) number is not listed on tank nameplate and the U1A data report is not available.
U1A data report can be obtained from the National Board at (614) 888-8320. You must provide the National Board the following tank nameplate information when ordering a U1A data report for each specific tank: (1) Manufacturer’s name; (2) Manufacturer’s Serial Number; (3) National Board Number; and (4) Year the tank was built. The National Board will assess a fee for providing the U1A data report.
DISTANCES BETWEEN TANK(S) AND WELLS, RESIDENCES (DWELLINGS), PUBLIC/PRIVATE FACILITIES, AND PROPERTY LINES (IN FEET):
As requested on the application, list distances from ammonia storage tank(s) to occupied dwelling(s) or dwelling(s) intended to be occupied, place(s) of public assembly, confined resident institution(s), potable (drinking) water sources (i.e. wells), adjoining property lines, near side of public roadways and mainline of railroad, between ammonia storage tanks, and materials that not required for the operation of the ammonia storage facility (system). Here are the setback distance requirements from ammonia storage tank(s) to the following:
(1) Permanent storage must not be less than 400 feet from any residence, school, hospital, or other place of public assembly if the total storage capacity is 100,000 gallons or less and 1000 feet if more than 100,000 gallons. Other distances that must be adhere to are:
(2) 50 feet from a well or other source of potable (drinking) water; (2) 50 feet from the line of adjoining property, from the near side of a public roadway or mainline of railroad;
(3) Distance between storage tank at the outer curvature of each storage tank must not be LESS than five (5) feet. Area within ten (10) feet of/around storage tank(s) must be free of weeds and materials not exclusively used for the operation of the anhydrous ammonia facility – this includes structures/impediments within ten (10) feet of storage tank(s) owned by the facility. Area around storage tank(s) must be accessible to emergency vehicles and personnel.
WELDING QUALIFICATIONS, PIPING, APPURTENANCE SPECS, HYDROSTATIC RELIEF, AND EXCESS/BACK CHECK FLOW VALVES:
(1) List name of welding contractor and name of certified welder that will be installing welded piping/fittings where noted on the permit application.
(2) Check all applicable appurtenance/piping specifications, hydrostatic relief, excess/back check flow valve, and pressure relief specifications noted on the permit application.
REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS – SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING WITH YOUR PERMIT APPLICATION:
(1) WELDING PROCEDURES AND WELDERS QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS – unless already submitted by welding contractor.
(2) VICINITY MAP – Submit a scale drawing or aerial map of the entire facility showing other storage containers and buildings. This drawing or aerial map must show the property boundaries, the location/distance of added/new storage tanks to lakes, streams, drainage ditches, storm drains, wells, the right-away of roads, the right-away of railroad mainline tracks, dwellings (places where people reside), places of public assembly (parks, manned utilities, businesses, places of worship, etc.) confined resident institutions, and other structures. Note the function of other structures.
(3) PLUMBING – Submit a COMPLETE and DETAILED diagram showing location and type of pumps, valves, piping specs, fittings specs, truck unloading bulkhead protection, nurse tank risers and riser pull-away provision, traffic protection provision, etc. Provide DETAILED dimensions, distances, and specifications.
(4) LOCAL PERMIT – Submit a copy of the local permit and or other local approval if a local permit is required.
(5) STORAGE TANK U1A DATA REPORT – See information in the storage tank nameplate area of the instructions.
(6) PHOTO OF DATA/NAMEPLATE FOR EACH STORAGE TANK NEWLY INSTALLED OR RELOCATED.
CONTINGENCY PLAN (PDF: 265 KB / 24 pages) - A plan which describes storage, handling and incident handling practices must be available at facility for review. Do NOT submit with permit application.
In addition to the above mentioned items the entire application must be completed. Contact the MDA prior to making updates to your firm's anhydrous ammonia storage facility, to determine if an approval/permit is required.
PERMANENT STORAGE INSTALLATIONS MUST HAVE ON HAND, AS A MINIMUM, THE FOLLOWING SAFETY EQUIPMENT:
SAFETY MEASURE – REQUIRED USE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE SAFETY EQUIPMENT:
SAFETY TRAINING REQUIRED AND DOCUMENTED
Refer to the Anhydrous Ammonia Storage Facility Inspection Checklist available on the MDA anhydrous ammonia program web page
Ed Kaiser, Consultant
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org