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Motiva Enterprises (1406), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #138076
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State Police #12-01581
Accident Date2012-03-18
Report Date 2012-03-23
Follow-up Date 2012-05-17
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Benzene8h 15mPressure vessel PV-122NONOYESBRQ
Toluene8h 15mPressure vessel PV-122NONONOBRQ
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)8h 15mPressure vessel PV-122NONOYESBRQ

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Human Factors

The pressure vessel PV-122 was inadvertently overfilled during refilling, and liquid was released from the vent on top of the pressure vessel.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions

All material released was contained within the concrete containment dike. Once the release was realized, flow to the vessel was isolated, the inlet valve on the pressure vessel was closed, and the area was secured. A pumper truck was staged at the pressure vessel to remove the hydrocarbons from the containment area. Once all liquid hydrocarbons had been removed from the containment area, the area was washed with water to a pumper truck to remove residual hydrocarbons.