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Valero (1238), Meraux

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #No LDEQ Number Available
State Police #No Information Given
Accident Date2005-07-11
Report Date 2005-07-21
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
Process Water71 HoursOutfall 003NONONO5,400,000.0 gallons
Sulfides71 HoursOutfall 003NONONOsee above
Phenol71 HoursOutfall 003NONONOsee above
Oil71 HoursOutfall 003NONONOsee above
Grease71 HoursOutfall 003NONONOsee above

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

Loss of sump pumps in the wastewater treatment plant cooling tower and piping system problems. Opened Outfall 003 (Emergency Stormwater Outfall) to the 20 Arpent Canal. Wastewater storage capacity was not available due to prior storm events.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions

Murphy Oil set up temporary lines and pumps to bypass the plugged wastewater treatment plant biororeactor charge lines reworked sump pumps and returned lines and pumps to service. Chemicals in discharged stormwater and process water included ammonia, sulfides, phenol, oil and grease in undisclosed quanitities.