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Valero (1238), Meraux

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #138274
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tate Police #N/A
Accident Date2012-03-24
Report Date 2012-05-11
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
HydrogenNIGSouth flareNONONOBRQ
Light HydrocarbonsSouth flareNONOYESBRQ
Sulfur DioxideSouth FlareNOYESNOBRQ

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

Above normal flaring occurred when the naphtha reformer experience an unplanned shutdown. Adjustments were being made to change operating conditions and the unit tripped.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions

Recycle gas was vented to the South flare until unit conditions were stabilized. The unit was immediately restarted. No significant sulfur dioxide emissions from the flare due to this event. Large dark orange flare with a much black smoke was seen.