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Motiva Enterprises (2719), Convent

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #100454
State Police #07-06449
Accident Date2007-10-23
Report Date 2007-10-25
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
Fuel oil10mFuel oil pump 70P-384NONONO22.0 gallons
Particulate Matter10mFuel oil pump 70P-384NOYESNO0.0 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide10mFuel oil pump 70P-384NOYESNO0.1 pounds
Nitrogen Dioxide10mFuel oil pump 70P-384NOYESYES0.1 pounds
Carbon Monoxide10mFuel oil pump 70P-384NOYESNO0.0 pounds

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Seal or Gasket

While conducting evening rounds on the H-Oil unit, operations personnel noticed a fire on the seal of the fuel oil pump 70P-384. A leaking seal on the pump and high process temperatures resulted in the fire.

Discharge Preventable - No

By their nature, rotating pump seals do occasionally fail. Motiva provides routing maintenance and inspections of the seals to prevent such a failure. The leak and associated small fire were discovered during one the routine inspections.

Notes/Remedial Actions

The pump was isolated from the process to cease fuel oil leakage. Approximately 22 gallons of fuel oil was released during the incident with 20 gallons being contained on the unit slab and the remainder being combusted. Operations personnel quickly responded with a fire extinguisher and extingushed the fire. Other operations personnel ceased operation of the pump and isolated it from the process. Motiva quickly activated the Emergency Response Plan. Motiva will continue to inspect pumps and associated process equipment during normal operational rounds for abnormal operation and for environmentally unfriendly and unsafe conditions.