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Valero (26003), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #111449
State Police #08-07891
Accident Date2008-12-15
Report Date 2008-12-19
Follow-up Date 0000-00-00
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Arsenic0 h 30 mMSCCUNONONO80.0 pounds

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Other

during catalyst removal from MSCCU, a breach of containment resulted in release of catalyst to ground and nearby areas

Discharge Preventable -

Notes/Remedial Actions

Stopped catalyst removal process immediately and clean up the impacted area. Revise catalyst loading and unloading procedure to require gauging of hoppers with a temperature gun or heat scan to allow the level to be tracked with less frequent manual gauging. Set up a log to make sure procedure is followed.