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Valero (1238), Meraux

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #No LDEQ Number Available
State Police #08-06301
Accident Date2008-09-29
Report Date 2008-10-01
Follow-up Date 0000-00-00
Follow-up: No Information Provided

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
n-Methyldiethanolamine1h 10mSpill from tank truckNONONO87.0 pounds

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Human Factors

The top hatch of the tank truck carrying N-Methyldiethanolamine from the refinery to the north tank farm via Judge Perez Drive had not been properly secured.

Discharge Preventable - Yes

Notes/Remedial Actions

This was a self report from Murphy to LDEQ. The chemical sloshed out of the unsecured hatch and spilled onto the roadway. Spilled material was absorbed with sand and collected for disposal at a non-hazardous industrial facility. The clean- up required that the highway be shut down for approx. 70 minutes. It was preventable because it was due to human error. Remedial Measures - Contract personnel responsible for the loading and transportation of the material were counseled. Both parties will assure tall truck openings are secure prior to transportation of the material. The incident was discussed at refinery safety meetings. Details of the incident were made available to all refinery personnel.