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Motiva Enterprises (1406), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #77795
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State Police #05-01937
Accident Date2005-03-23
Report Date 2005-03-30
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
Hydrogen71 h 44 mhydrocracker unit, HCU Flare (EPN #4-84)NONONOBRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide71 h 44 mhydrocracker unit, HCU Flare (EPN #4-84)NONONOBRQ
Nitrogen Oxide71 h 44 mhydrocracker unit, HCU Flare (EPN #4-84)NOYESYESBRQ
Sulfur Dioxide71 h 44 mhydrocracker unit, HCU Flare (EPN #4-84)NOYESNO66.4 pounds
n-Hexane71 h 44 mhydrocracker unit, HCU Flare (EPN #4-84)NONONO5.5 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)71 h 44 mhydrocracker unit, HCU Flare (EPN #4-84)NONOYES88.0 pounds

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Seal or Gasket

A gasket on compressor K 1929's seal oil pot gauge glass was leaking, causing a loss of seal Oil level. Loss of level caused hydrocracker unit to trip out and require a shut down.

Discharge Preventable - Yes

Notes/Remedial Actions

Remedial actions: Site supervisor was notified, unit was secured per procedures for shutdown. Gauge glass was inspected and it was found that the Jerguson valves did not contain ball checks; the ball checks were replaced.