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EPA TO CONDUCT CHEMICAL SAFETY AUDIT AT MISSISSIPPI CHEMICAL CORPORATION IN YAZOO CITY, MISS.

EPA TO CONDUCT CHEMICAL SAFETY AUDIT AT MISSISSIPPI CHEMICAL CORPORATION
 IN YAZOO CITY, MISS.
 ATLANTA, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chemical Accident Prevention Program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a chemical safety audit at Mississippi Chemical Corporation in Yazoo City, Miss., during the week of Nov. 16.
 The audit is expected to be completed within one week. Mississippi Chemical Corporation manufactures nitrogen fertilizer and includes facilities for the production of ammonia, nitric acid, urea, ammonium nitrate, nitrogen solutions, and carbon dioxide.
 Chemical safety audits are part of the agency's Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Program. They are routinely conducted at various facilities throughout the eight southeastern states in EPA Region IV.
 During the audit, EPA will examine the facility's chemical processes and equipment; its maintenance, operating, storage, training, and safety procedures; and management's commitment to chemical accident prevention and safety. Also, EPA will review the facility's contingency planning and dispersion modeling for accidental releases, should they occur.
 EPA will coordinate the audit with the Mississippi Emergency Response Commission, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and the local fire department.
 Mississippi Chemical Corporation and similar facilities which use regulated chemicals are required to notify federal and/or state and local officials of accidental releases of hazardous substances in amounts in excess of established minimum quantities. In addition, these facilities must report annually to state and local officials on the types and amounts of hazardous substances on-site in quantities above established threshold levels. Also, they may be required to report to EPA and to the state their annual emissions of certain toxic chemicals which enter the air, water and land.
 EPA will prepare a technical report describing the audit, including findings and recommendations. The report is expected to be completed within four to six weeks. Copies of the audit report will be made available to the public upon its completion. Persons interested in obtaining a copy of the report should contact Rock Callender, U.S. EPA Region IV, 345 Courtland St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30365.
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 /CONTACT: Rock Callender, Emergency Planning Unit, 404-347-1033, or Carl Terry, Press Office, 404-347-3004, both of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency; Mississippi Chemical
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