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Valero (1238), Meraux

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #145543
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tate Police #N/A
Accident Date2012-12-22
Report Date 2013-02-25
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
Flammable Vapor15mMarine Vapor Recovery FlareNONOYESBRQ

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: No Information Given

Citizen complained of seeing a very large flare at the Valero dock terminal around 10 pm. Citizen also complained of a very high-pitched, constant tone emanating from Valero that was audible in house from 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm, hurting her ears and disturbing the household.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions

The representative from Valero Refining stated that a brief 15 minute flaring episode occurred at the North Flare on December 22, 2012 at approximately 3:30 PM. No reportable quantities or permit limits were exceeded. Correspondence from LADEQ and Valero Refining also indicates that the flare occurred from the marine vapor recovery (MVR) flare, which is described as a short flare, producing a proportionally larger flame than the two main refinery flares. While the Valery Refinery indicated no upsets on the date of the incident, a flaring episode was documented but without any further information.