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Chalmette Refining (1376), Chalmette

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #123894
State Police #10-03005
Accident Date2010-06-01
Report Date 2011-06-07
Follow-up Date 0000-00-00
Follow-up: No

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Nitrogen DioxideNo Information GivenFLARE: #1 Flare (Solenoid Valve)NOYESYES 
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)No Information GivenFLARE: #1 Flare (Solenoid Valve)NONOYES 

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Corrosion

LDEQ states that the failure was caused by corrosion in the solenoid. An unplanned activation of the solenoid valve occurred, and the FCC Process Gas Compressor was shut down. Eventually, gasses were vented to the flare.

Discharge Preventable - No

Root cause analysis did not find any human error associated with the mechanical failure. All written maintenance specifications were followed in terms of solenoid maintenance, and the solenoid specified in the design of the unit was used by Chalmette.

Notes/Remedial Actions

Process rates were decreased, and the incident was given to the unit engineer for review. The solenoid was replaced, and the weatherization of the system was updated. LDEQ Report included. No Refinery Letter.