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Formosa Plastics (288), Baton Rouge

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #128245
State Police #10-07248
Accident Date2010-07-09
Report Date 2010-12-22
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
Carbon tetrachloride2h 30mpiping in VCM unitNONONO11.1 pounds
Chloroform2h 30mpiping in VCM unitYESNONO22.9 pounds

Accident Classified As: Reportable Quantity

Cause of Problem: Corrosion

A pinhole leak was discovered in the process piping and a valve in the VCM Unit. The pinholes in the metal of the affected piping/valve was likely caused by internal corrosion.

Discharge Preventable - No

Notes/Remedial Actions

The affected piping/valve was scheduled for an internal inspection during outages. It will be re-emphasized to affected personnel the importance of accurate information in release estimations and proper inspection and maintenance of equipment. Actions were taken to isolate and stop the leak. The affected equipment was shutdown, de-inventoried, and repaired.