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Hazardous incidents ordinance

  1. Name or company of operator and complete address of operational area:

    KS-Recycling GmbH & Co. KG
    Raiffeisenstraße 38
    47665 Sonsbeck
    Germany

    Management:
    Guido Schmidt,
    Bernd Dorlöchter,

  2. Confirmation that the operational area is subject to the provisions of this ordinance and that the notification required in accordance with section 7(1) and, in the case of upper-tier operational areas, the safety report required by section 9(1), have been submitted to the relevant authorities:

    The operational area of KS-Recycling GmbH & Co. KG is subject to the Hazardous Incidents Ordinance and constitutes a lower-tier establishment. The basic obligations of the Hazardous Incidents Ordinance are to be complied with.

    As the authority responsible for plant-related environmental protection in accordance with section 7 of the 12th Ordinance for the Implementation of the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchV), the Düsseldorf District Government (Waste Management Division, Dept 52, Cecilienallee 2, 40474 Düsseldorf) was notified about the operational area.

  3. Explanation of the work performed in the operational area (in simple terms):

    KS-Recycling GmbH & Co. KG is a medium-sized company specialising in the disposal and recycling of hazardous waste from industry and skilled trades, in particular waste oil and waste oil emulsions, lubricants and solvents, contaminated wastewater and solid waste such as consumables containing grease and oil.

    At the Sonsbeck site (Raiffeisenstraße 38), material and energy waste is treated using specialised processes. Mechanical, chemical and above all thermal separation processes are used for this. Mixtures containing solids, e.g. sand filter contents and oily sludge, can be first separated mechanically in the decanting plant. Liquid waste in the form of emulsions can be separated into waste oil and water in a separating plant and, following this, treated by means of total vaporisation. Finally, the actual process of recycling waste oils and solvents takes place in the distillation plants. Here, the liquid components are thermally separated and cleaned depending on their boiling points/ranges.

  4. Common names or – in the case of hazardous substances as per the substances listed in Appendix I Number 1 – generic terms or hazard classifications of the relevant hazardous substances found in the operational area which could give rise to a hazardous incident and information about their hazard characteristics (in simple terms):

    Petroleum products (No. 2.3 in the list of substances in Appendix I of the Hazardous Incidents Ordinance) constitute the bulk of hazardous substances at the Sonsbeck site. These are dangerous for the environment and can be differentiated further into: heavy fuel oils (No. 2.3.4, e.g. mineral oil-based machine oils, gear oils and lubricating oils), kerosene (No. 2.3.2, e.g. waste oil components with a flashpoint greater than 55°C) and gas oils (No. 2.3.3, e.g. fuel oil). As well as the risk of the above substances contaminating water, kerosene is flammable. Because of this, smoking and open fires are not permitted in the area.

    In addition to petroleum products themselves, oily consumables are used; these are also classified as water-hazardous.

    Furthermore, flammable and water-hazardous solvents are stored and treated, e.g. old varnish, paints or used solvents.

    Airbags and belt tensioners that are stored in the operational area may contain small net residual quantities (50 kg) of explosive substances (as per No. 1.4 in the list of substances in Appendix I of the Hazardous Incidents Ordinance).

    Water-hazardous substances are handled through the storage and utilisation of the aforementioned substances and of batteries, fluorescent tubes, oily sludge from sand filter residue, oily bleaching earth and various consumables, e.g. heat transfer oils.

    In rare cases, the supplied waste and waste oils may be contaminated with toxic substances (No. 1.1.1 in the list of substances in Appendix I of the Hazardous Incidents Ordinance).

  5. General information about how the affected local population is to be warned if necessary; adequate information about conduct in the event of a hazardous incident or details about where this information is electronically accessible:

    If, in spite of all safety measures, water-hazardous substances leak through floor drains in the yard, the plant manager (or their deputy) will organise suitable countermeasures immediately. The relevant authorities will be informed.

    In the event of fire, the public fire service will be notified immediately. If a large fire occurs and, due to windy conditions, fumes can be smelt in the local neighbourhood, people are advised to take cover in closed spaces and to close their windows.

    In the case of extremely serious incidents (catastrophe), residents are warned by means of a wavering, wailing sound (duration: 1 minute).
    Rules of conduct:

    1. Keep calm
    2. Find a building/apartment to take shelter in
    3. Close all doors and windows
    4. Turn on radio => Radio K.W. (frequency 107.6)
    5. (In case power is lost, it is recommended that a battery-operated radio receiver be maintained – with spare batteries!)
    6. Heed information
    7. Inform neighbours in the building
    8. Information on the incident is available by calling 0800-120 4000 or online at www.kreis-wesel.de
  6. Date of the most recent on-site inspection (in accordance with section 17(2)) or details about where this information is electronically accessible; details about where to obtain more in-depth information on the on-site inspection and the monitoring plan (in accordance with section 17(1)), taking into account the need to protect public or private interests in accordance with the provisions of the German government and the federal states regarding access to environmental information on request:

    The most recent on-site inspection of the operational area was conducted by the relevant authorities on 17/18 November 2016.

    Extensive information regarding the inspections or the monitoring plan can be obtained from the Düsseldorf District Government.

  7. Details about where to find more information, taking into account the need to protect public or private interests in accordance with the provisions of the German government and the federal states regarding access to environmental information:

    Further information can be obtained from the authorities (Düsseldorf District Government).
    The designated contacts in the operational area are the management (Guido Schmidt, tel.: +49 (0) 2838 9150-18) and Bernd Dorlöchter (tel.: +49 (0) 2838 9150-12).