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Motiva Enterprises (1406), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #133785
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State Police #11-05432
Accident Date2011-09-02
Report Date 2011-09-08
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
Nitrogen Oxide4hShell Chemical LP Utilities East Flare (EPN 3-84)NOYESYES22.5 pounds
Propylene4hShell Chemical LP Utilities East Flare (EPN 3-84)NONOYESBRQ
Carbon Monoxide4hShell Chemical LP Utilities East Flare (EPN 3-84)NOYESNO122.4 pounds
Particulate Matter4hShell Chemical LP Utilities East Flare (EPN 3-84)NOYESNO4.2 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide4hShell Chemical LP Utilities East Flare (EPN 3-84)NOYESNO6.9 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)4hShell Chemical LP Utilities East Flare (EPN 3-84)NONOYES7.4 pounds
1,3-Butadiene4hShell Chemical LP Utilities East Flare (EPN 3-84)NONOYES0.0 pounds

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

Motiva Norco experienced a malfunction and shutdown of the RCCU refrigerant chiller compressor (K-7200) resulting in a flare at the Shell Chemical LP Utilities East Flare (EPN 3-84) releasing nitrogen oxide and propylene.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

No Information Given.

Notes/Remedial Actions

LDEQ provided, but there was no Refinery Report included in the file. Motiva states that "final calculations confirmed no reportable quantities or permit limits were exceeded as a result of the incident".