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Valero (1238), Meraux

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #136516
tate Police #N/A
Accident Date2012-01-15
Report Date 2012-02-28
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
Nitrogenno information givenno information givenNONONOBRQ
Flammable Gasno information givenno information givenNONOYESBRQ

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

Elevated flare was experienced. The facility was performing a shutdown procedure which utilized liquid nitrogen for purging of vapors and reactor cool down. The purged vapors and nitrogen were supplemented with refinery fuel gas in order to ensure combustion at the flare, resulting in a higher than normal flare.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions

LDEQ received a citizen complaint regarding flaring and an odor at 9:31 pm on 1/15/2012 during which time Valero Refinery experienced an elevated flare. No reportable quantities were exceeded.