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Motiva Enterprises (2719), Convent

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #97658
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State Police #07-03754
Accident Date2007-07-08
Report Date 2007-07-10
Follow-up Date 0000-00-00
Follow-up: No

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Particulate Matter2 h 32 mHTU-1 Kerosene Reboiler (EPN 3F 404)NOYESNO31.0 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide2 h 32 mHTU-1 Kerosene Reboiler (EPN 3F 404)NOYESNO264.0 pounds
Nitrogen Dioxide2 h 32 mHTU-1 Kerosene Reboiler (EPN 3F 404)NOYESYES188.0 pounds
Carbon Monoxide2 h 32 mHTU-1 Kerosene Reboiler (EPN 3F 404)NOYESNO47.0 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)2 h 32 mHTU-1 Kerosene Reboiler (EPN 3F 404)NONOYES2.0 pounds

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

an unexpected heater tube rupture resulted in a fire at HTU-1

Discharge Preventable - No

As described above, the release resulted from an unanticipated tube rupture in the convection section of the heater. While the investigation is ongoing, Motiva currently believes that this rupture could not have been reasonable anticipated; Motiva was following normal inspection and operating procedures prior to the incident.

Notes/Remedial Actions

Motiva is thoroughly inspecting the heater and other affected equipment and will make necessary repairs prior to restarting the heater and process unit. Will re-evaluate inspection frequencies, preventive maintenance frequencies, operating limits and associated procedures, and make necessary changes to help prevent recurrenc