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Calumet Lubricants 8 (1214), Shreveport

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #135180
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State Police #11-06980
Accident Date2011-11-09
Report Date 2011-11-09
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
Hydrogen Sulfide10h 30mFlareNONONO3.4 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide10h 30mFlareNOYESNO1,258.0 pounds

Accident Classified As: Reportable Quantity

Cause of Problem: Process Upset

"Excess hydrogen gas and Flare Gas compressors not fully loaded". In other words, flare gas compressors not taking the load of the system. The hydrogen plant #1 was putting excess hydrogen in the flare line causing high flow issues a well. Reportable quantities of sulfur dioxide were exceeded from flare # 2.

Discharge Preventable - No

Excess Hydrogen gas could not be released into the atmosphere, had to be routed to the flare system. No system avoidance identified, only that some release was necessary. Remedial action identifies the accident as preventable by increasing the FGC (Flare Gas Compressor) pumping rates.

Notes/Remedial Actions

Immediate corrective action taken was just to increase FGC pumping rates. No specific remedial action or plan to prevent recurrence. No LDEQ or SPOC report included