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Motiva Enterprises (1406), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #91050
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State Police #06-06160
Accident Date2006-10-02
Report Date 2006-10-09
Follow-up Date 2008-03-13
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Carbon Monoxide1hNo iCoker Flare FE-401 (EPN 2-84)nformation givenNOYESNO19.5 pounds
Nitrogen Oxide1hCoker Flare FE-401 (EPN 2-84)NOYESYES3.6 pounds
Particulate Matter1hCoker Flare FE-401 (EPN 2-84)NOYESNO0.7 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide1hCoker Flare FE-401 (EPN 2-84)NOYESNO257.4 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)1hCoker Flare FE-401 (EPN 2-84)NONOYES9.7 pounds
Benzene1hCoker Flare FE-401 (EPN 2-84)NONOYES0.4 pounds
Cyclohexane1hCoker Flare FE-401 (EPN 2-84)NONOYES0.2 pounds
Ethylene1hCoker Flare FE-401 (EPN 2-84)NONOYES0.1 pounds
Propylene1hCoker Flare FE-401 (EPN 2-84)NONOYES0.2 pounds
Highly Reactive Volatile Organic Compounds1hCoker Flare FE-401 (EPN 2-84)NONOYES0.2 pounds
Hexane1hCoker Flare FE-401 (EPN 2-84)NONONOBRQ
1,3-Butadiene1hCoker Flare FE-401 (EPN 2-84)NONOYESBRQ

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

Flaring resulted from the 3/4" drain line on the case of pump P-1983 breaking off while decon piping was being installed, causing the Coker Unit to be shutdown. Flushing oil was released from the pump casing to secondary containment but there was no release outside of the containment or to soil or water.

Discharge Preventable - Yes

The incident was preventable.

Notes/Remedial Actions

The Coker Unit was shut down and PV-901 depressured to reduce leaking while pump was isolated. Further corrective actions are being reviewed by Motiva Enterprises' legal department.