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Honeywell (289, 183605), Baton Rouge

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #78118
State Police #05-02288
Accident Date2005-04-05
Report Date 2005-04-08
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
chlorotrifluoroethylene5mNONONO537.0 pounds

Accident Classified As: Reportable Quantity

Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

While loading chlorotrifluoroethylene (G-1113) from a storage tank to a ton cylinder, a release occurred to the process sump via stack drain line due to improper valve alignment.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions

The valve on the storage line was closed to stop any flow of chlorotrifluoroethylene (G-1113) to the cylinder. Plant personnel were evacuated until determination was made by the emergency response team that the area around the release was safe. The facility reviewed computer data for trends, operating procedures, training, opened up several lines for possible pluggage, replaced several remote operated valves to prevent any leakage, re-routed the ton cylinder loading system such that the material will be contained and returned to process for any misalignment of the valves, etc.