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CITGO Petroleum (1250), Lake Charles

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #112389
State Police #09-0304
Accident Date2009-01-29
Report Date 2009-02-26
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
Carbonyl Sulfide1 hourB-Topper unitNONOYES162.9 pounds
Carbonyl Sulfide1 hourB-Topper unitNONOYES162.9 pounds
Carbonyl Sulfide2 hoursB-Topper unitNONOYES244.8 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide1 hourB-Topper unitNONONO3.1 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide2 hoursB-Topper unitNONONO4.7 pounds

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Power Failure

B-Topper unit shut down, flaring of hydrocarbons and smoking furnaces as a result of the failure of a 13.8kV underground feeder cable.

Discharge Preventable - No

Cable installed underground. No advance knowledge of failure available.

Notes/Remedial Actions

Release of carbonyl sulfide occurred on 01-29-09, 01-30-09, 02-05-09. Release of hydrogen sulfide occurred on 01-30-09, 02-05-09.Efforts were made to shut down the B-Topper unit and affected electrical equipment was tripped off.