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Motiva Enterprises (1406), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #99680
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State Police #No information given
Accident Date2007-09-21
Report Date 2007-09-27
Follow-up Date 2008-02-26
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Gas Oil5mValve near tank F-453NONONO149.5 gallons

Accident Classified As: Reportable Quantity

Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

Relief valve RV-3325 failed; bellows allowed gas oil to run on ground.

Discharge Preventable - No

The release was not preventable through procedures, actions, or training because it was a sudden and unforeseeable failure.

Notes/Remedial Actions

The faulty line was isolated and containment was placed under leak. Vacuum truck picked up standing liquid. Workers excavated affected soil and disposed of it at the industrial landfill facility. Motiva's recommended preventive measures are to shorten the inspection interval from 48 months to 36 months and replace the bellows at each inspection. This change will go into effect immediately.