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Motiva Enterprises (2719), Convent

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #154126
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State Police #14-00881
Accident Date2014-02-24
Report Date 2014-03-03
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
Hydrogen Sulfide54mTrain-100 heater passes on HTU-2NONONOBRQ
Sulfur Dioxide54mTrain-100 heater passes on HTU-2NOYESNOBRQ

Accident Classified As: No Information Given

Cause of Problem: Human Factors

At approximately 15:31 on February 24, 2014, a scaffolding crew was dismantling a scaffold by Train-100 heater passes on HTU-2. The crew was using a hammer to remove a scaffolding bar. A worker swung his hammer and missed the scaffold and struck a 1/2" tubing on a flow transmitter. The tubing came out of the ferrel and nut releasing H2 and diesel-range hydrocarbons. The material released due to the tubing failure was hydrogen and diesel range hydrocarbons. In addition, elevated flaring occurred as the unit was brought down to stabilize the situation.

Discharge Preventable - Under Investigation

Notes/Remedial Actions

Follow-up was promised within 60 days. The unit was brought down in order to stabilize the situation and materials involved were routed to the flare.