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Calumet Lubricants 8 (1214), Shreveport

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #116061
State Police #092010
Accident Date2009-06-29
Report Date 2009-06-29
Follow-up Date 2009-07-06
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Methyl Ethyl Ketone10 minutesMEKNONOYES2.4 pounds
Lubricating Oil10 minutesMEKNONONO1.0 pounds
Toluene10 minutesMEKNONONO3.6 pounds
Water10 minutesMEKNONONO3.0 pounds

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Power Failure

Due to an electrical power failure, operations were dumping deketonizer bottom water to the sump. Also at the same time operations were dropping out the primary and secondary feed drums to the warm wash receiver. They had only one predilution pump on and the warm wash receiver overflows to the sump. The south sump pump could not keep up and solvent backed out of the sump leg drain at the MEK charge pump. Source of ignition was heat trace that was arcing above the pump.

Discharge Preventable - Yes

If the sump had not overfilled and the heat trace not shorted, the fire likely would not have happened.

Notes/Remedial Actions

Fire was extinguished, electrical heat tape turned off, and an electrician was called over to look at it.