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Shell Chemical East (26336), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #141821
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State Police #12-05126
Accident Date2012-08-03
Report Date 2012-08-09
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
Benzene11mFlange in OL-5 Process UnitNONOYESBRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide11mFlange in OL-5 Process UnitNONONOBRQ
Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons11mFlange in OL-5 Process UnitNONOYESBRQ

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

On August 3, 2012 Shell Chemicals OL-5 Process Unit experienced a release of pryolysis pitch from a flange while attempting to prepare a piece of equipment for a maintenance activity.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions

At the time of the release the flange was immediately closed and preparation of the equipment stopped until a new plan to complete the activity could be developed. The material was cleaned up and properly disposed. The only information given was from Shell Chemical East's Final Release Report.