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A citizen complaint was received at the NWRO on 2/20/14 at 14:24. The description of the complaint was that continuous black flaring started at 1:55 pm on 2/20/14. An on-site investigation was conducted with Mr. Dessonier, Environmental Engineer of Calumet, on 2/20/2014. Mr. Dessonier stated the thunderstorm caused a power flicker which caused a loss of the refinery. Due to the power lost, the refinery shut down and all the units are routed to flare #2 and flare #3 to depressurize. Flaring with heavy smoke started at 13:50 2/20/14. At the time of the inspection the flaring was noted to be continuous throughout the inspection. Mr. Dessonier stated that the facility is in the process of re-starting the refinery at the time of the inspection. He also stated that during the startup process minor flaring could occur. Flaring began around 13:50 and stopped around 20:00.
Community member photos of flaring were also forwarded to enforcement officials at the Environmental Protection Agency.