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Motiva Enterprises (1406), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #105124
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State Police #08-02363
Accident Date2008-04-26
Report Date 2008-04-30
Follow-up Date 2008-07-09
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Nitrogen Oxide1hRCCU Elevated Flare (EPN 8-84)NOYESYES117.2 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide1hRCCU Elevated Flare (EPN 8-84)NOYESNO1,182.4 pounds
Carbon Monoxide1hRCCU Elevated Flare (EPN 8-84)NOYESNO637.6 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)1hRCCU Elevated Flare (EPN 8-84)NONOYES311.1 pounds
Particulate Matter1hRCCU Elevated Flare (EPN 8-84)NOYESNO22.1 pounds

Accident Classified As: Reportable Quantity

Cause of Problem: Process Upset

Boiler 7 tripped, causing a swing in the 1300 pound steam header to the RCCU. Motiva's RCCU Wet Gas Compressor slowed considerably, causing venting of the suction to the RCCU elevated flare.

Discharge Preventable - No

Event was caused by an upset at Shell Chemical LP - East.

Notes/Remedial Actions