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Valero (1238), Meraux

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #114001
State Police #09-00841
Accident Date2009-02-25
Report Date 2009-03-04
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
Hydrocarbon0.5hrstacks from #2 FCCUNONOYES35,000.0 pounds
Catalyst Fines0.5 hrstacks from #2 FCCUNONONO5,165.0 pounds
Particulate Matter0.5 hrstacks from #2 FCCUNOYESNO1,750.0 pounds

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Process Upset

#2 FCCU had an upset in the system called FCC reversal. This involved an imbalance of pressure in the system creating yellowish smoke that was released from the stacks.

Discharge Preventable - Under Investigation

Notes/Remedial Actions

RQ exceeded. Secured and re-started #2 FCCU.