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Chalmette Refining (1376), Chalmette

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #117581
State Police #09-04179
Accident Date2009-08-25
Report Date 2009-09-01
Follow-up Date 2009-11-16
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Sweet Crude OilTank 301NONONO8,283.0 gallons
Sweet Crude OilTank 301NONONO1,499.0 gallons
BenzeneTank 301NONOYES15.0 pounds

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

Cinatra (3rd party contractor) was performing a tank (301) cleaning procedure that involved the circulation of oil with high pressure nozzles. The coupling failed on a supply line that was located on the tank's roof where it spilled oil.

Discharge Preventable - No

3rd party company cleaned the tank according to procedure.

Notes/Remedial Actions

Stopped circulating oil through the cleaning system and roof drain was closed. Spilled material contained in dike area and recovered by a vacuum truck for reprocessing. Impacted soil was removed.