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Chalmette Refining (1376), Chalmette

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #No LDEQ Number Available
PDF AvailablePDF
State Police #05-05838
Accident Date2005-08-24
Report Date 2005-10-14
Follow-up Date 0000-00-00
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Motor Oil2h 30minmotor oil storage containerNONONO0.5 gallons

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Other - See text

A one gallon plastic container of motor oil was being stored in a wooden storage box. A steel flange had been placed on the container of motor oil, damaging the container and resulting in a release of motor oil to the box, which then dripped into the River causing a localized sheen.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions

This is a follow-up report BELOW REPORTABLE QUANTITIES. The storage box was emptied and absorbent material was spread on the dock. Hard boom was deployed in order to capture the sheen. Absorbent materials were used in order to clean up the sheen and residual oil. This is a letter rescinding the 8/24/05 notification. Upon further review, the event that prompted the call was not a reportable incident. the total amount of motor oil released is estimated to be less than the reportable quantity (RQ=1 barrel). Chalmette Refining estimates that approximately 0.01 barrels (0.5 gallons) of motor oil was released to the surface of the Mississippi River. No chronic or acute health risks are anticipated as a result of this release. The release did not cause an emergency condition. While the incident did not meet reporting requirements, they would like to note that thy take this situation seriously and have taken the proper measures to prevent a reoccurrence. Motor oil released from a one-gallon motor oil container, dripped to the Mississippi River causing a localized sheen.