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LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #109830
State Police #08-06466
Accident Date2008-10-05
Report Date 2008-10-10
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
Dissolved Air Floatation (DAF) Float (EPA listed hazardous waste K048)8hDAF Sump Line / Holding Tank X-V-021NONONO11.0 pounds

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Human Factors

contract personnel responsible for flushing DAF lines. Murphy Meraux Refinery experienced a spill of DAF float onto the ground while flushing the DAF Sump Line to Holding Tank X-V-021. Approximately 10.5 pounds of the EPA listed hazardous waste was windblown out of the containment area and onto the ground. Spilled material was immediately collected via vacuum truck and the remainder was scraped from the ground for disposal at a hazardous waste landfill.

Discharge Preventable - Yes

Notes/Remedial Actions

This was a self report from Murphy to LEDQ. It was not preventable because it was the result of human error. Remedial Measures - contract personnel responsible for flushing DAF lines were counseled. Personnel will gauge volume in Tank X-V-021 before flushing lines. Details of the incident were made available to all refinery personnel. This release was over the LRTK reportable quantity which is 10 pounds.