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Valero (26003), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #114970
State Police #091496
Accident Date2009-05-19
Report Date 2009-05-21
Follow-up Date 2009-08-20
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Sour Crude13 hourstank t-130-6NONONO4,200.0 gallons

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Corrosion

Crude oil was leaking from tank T-130-6. Operator noticed leak after filling the tank with oil. There were holes in the tank caused by both internal and external corrosion.

Discharge Preventable - No

The floor to the tank was installed by the previous owner of the facility and lacked cathodic protection. There were no inspection records from the time it was installed.

Notes/Remedial Actions

Tank was filled with water to lift oil away from the leak. Tank was emptied, degassed to a control device, cleaned, and taken out of service for repair. Oil was recovered, and soil was sent off-site for hazardous waste disposal.