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Chalmette Refining (1376), Chalmette

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #128972
State Police #11-00546
Accident Date2011-02-01
Report Date 2011-02-08
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
Compressed Flammable Gas35mIsobutane Pump number G9005NONOYES1,514.0 pounds

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Seal or Gasket

The seal on the isobutane pump failed.

Discharge Preventable - No

Refinery letter states that incident was not preventable. The pump seal failure was unpredicted and unforeseen.

Notes/Remedial Actions

BRQ. LDEQ report states that amount released did not surpass the RQ (5000 lbs) for flammable gas. The pump was isolated and taken out of service and the seal was replaced as corrective action.