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Calcasieu Refining (3585), Lake Charles

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #108115
State Police #08-05058
Accident Date2008-08-18
Report Date 2008-08-25
Follow-up Date 2000-00-00
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Benzene30Tank 313NONOYES322.0 pounds
Naphthenic Crude30Tank 313NONOYES42,000.0 gallons
Water30Tank 313NONONO18,900.0 gallons

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Equipment Design

Fault in tank floor caused a leak in the bottom of the tank.

Discharge Preventable -

Notes/Remedial Actions

Water was pumped into the tank in an effort to keep the naphtha level in the tank above the leak. A vacuum truck and pumps were deloyed to recover spilled naphtha on the gound. Contaminated soil was excavated and disposed of off site. No samples taken by LDEQ investigator.