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Motiva Enterprises (1406), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #151405
State Police #13-04415
Accident Date2013-10-05
Report Date 2013-10-11
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
1,3-Butadiene2h 38mRCCU Flare (FE-201)NONOYESBRQ
Ethylene2h 38mRCCU Flare (FE-201)NONOYESBRQ
Flammable Gas2h 38mRCCU Flare (FE-201)NONOYESBRQ
Highly Reactive Volatile Organic Compounds (HRVOCs)2h 38mRCCU Flare (FE-201)NONONOBRQ
Propylene2h 38mRCCU Flare (FE-201)NONOYESBRQ
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)2h 38mRCCU Flare (FE-201)NONOYESBRQ

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

Motiva's Residual Catalytic Cracking Unit (RCCU) experienced a perceived flame outage on its elevated flare (FE-201) during planned shutdown and decontamination activities. Alarms on the RCCU Elevated Flare indicated that a flame was not present. Operations personnel went in the field and verified that a flame was actually present and the alarm was incorrect. As a precautionary measure, decontamination efforts stopped. Once flame verification was complete, decontamination efforts were restarted.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions