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Honeywell (289, 183605), Baton Rouge

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #114939
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State Police #09-02387
Accident Date2009-05-13
Report Date 2009-05-19
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
Hydrochloric Acid36 mspent Sulfuric Acid TankNONONO7.5 pounds
Hydrofluoric Acid36 mspent Sulfuric Acid TankNONONO4.0 pounds
Oxalic Acid36 mspent Sulfuric Acid TankNONONO11.5 pounds

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Process Upset

An internal chemical reaction occured due to a nitrogen purge being cut off to the tank. The nitrogen purge is utilized for level indication. It is believed that G-1113 reacted with Oxygen to build up in the tank causing an internal chemical reaction leading to the release of HCL, HF, and Oxalic Acid.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions

The area around the tank was barricaded and the #7 mitigation tower was activated as a precautionary measure to reduce the tank temperature. Black smoke was being released from the spent sulfuric acid pump down tank.