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Q: Where will the cold storage facility be constructed?
A: The proposed facility will be constructed near 159th and New Century Parkway, on 40 acres at the New Century AirCenter industrial park in Olathe, Kansas.

Q: What type of company is Lineage Logistics?
A: Lineage is a warehousing and logistics partner that delivers cold chain solutions to leading food, retail and distribution companies.

Q: What is the building’s purpose?
A: The proposed New Century facility will provide the safe handling and temperature-controlled storage of food while it is moving securely through its entire supply chain. The proposed facility serves as a critical link in the product’s journey “from farm to fork”.

Q: How large will the facility be?
A: The proposed New Century facility will be approximately 400,000 square feet, with approximately 25 million cubic feet of temperature-controlled storage space.

Q: What is anhydrous ammonia?
A: Anhydrous ammonia is a colorless gas that the U.S. Department of Transportation has classified as non-flammable.  Anhydrous ammonia’s greatest safety asset is that it has a distinct odor that alerts even the smallest leak. In fact, the smell is so intolerable at moderate concentration levels that people are naturally prompted to seek relief from its effects before it becomes a true health hazard.

Q: Why does this project require the use of anhydrous ammonia?
A: Anhydrous ammonia is commonly used in temperature-controlled warehouses to maintain cold temperatures between -30°F to 40°F, which is critical to keeping products sensitive to time and temperature safe for consumption. Of Lineage’s 115 temperature-controlled storage facilities worldwide, nearly all use anhydrous ammonia for refrigeration.

Q: How common is the use of anhydrous ammonia in our area?
A: The state of Kansas has the third largest number of facilities using anhydrous ammonia in quantities above 10,000 pounds in the nation. There are at least 12 facilities using anhydrous ammonia operating in Johnson County, including 3 in the same industrial park. A recent report shows 803 companies in Kansas using anhydrous ammonia in quantities above 10,000 pounds in their business operations.

Q: How much anhydrous ammonia will be in use at the New Century facility?
A: The proposed New Century facility will contain approximately 40,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia in a closed loop system, typical for a facility of this size.

Q: What is a closed loop system?
A: The proposed New Century facility will utilize a closed loop system, which means that the anhydrous ammonia is kept inside the system on a continuous basis. The system does not consume anhydrous ammonia like a car consumes gas. Rather, the system is designed to run continuously without the need to add new anhydrous ammonia or remove used anhydrous ammonia.

Q: Are government inspections conducted on the facility?
A: Lineage complies with the regulatory standards imposed by the EPA, OSHA and other applicable authorities. The proposed New Century facility is expected to receive unscheduled annual inspections by federal and county agencies and will also be registered with the FDA/USDA to undergo a voluntary inspection program to ensure food safety compliance.

Q: What happens if there is a leak?
A: In the case of a leak, the ventilation system is designed to create a vacuum, so the draft would keep any release inside the machine room then pulled through the ventilation system to roof vents. Johnson County and the Olathe Fire Department have comprehensive hazardous materials plans in place to react swiftly in the case of an emergency.

Q: What specific actions does Lineage Logistics take to avoid an accidental anhydrous ammonia leak?
A: Lineage has comprehensive policies and procedures intended to minimize safety risks associated with anhydrous ammonia. The proposed facility will have dedicated engineering and maintenance personnel to manage and maintain refrigeration systems.  All systems in Lineage facilities are inspected daily and routine preventative maintenance is performed.

In addition, several key areas throughout the building will be equipped with anhydrous ammonia sensors. These areas include the engine room where the bulk of the anhydrous ammonia will be stored, the penthouses on the roof of the building where most of the valves will be located, and all refrigerated areas of the facility. If the sensors are triggered, the system automatically shuts down.