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Chalmette Refining (1376), Chalmette

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #156620
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State Police #14-02527
Accident Date2014-06-09
Report Date 2014-06-16
Follow-up Date 0000-00-00
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Crude Oil15mEmergency Block Valve at the Crude #2 unitNONONO210.0 gallons
Benzene15mEmergency Block Valve at the Crude #2 unitNONOYESBRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide15mEmergency Block Valve at the Crude #2 unitNONONOBRQ

Accident Classified As: Reportable Quantity

Cause of Problem: Under Investigation

A spill of crude vacuum tower bottoms occurred at the Crude #2 unit. While preparing the vacuum tower bottoms (VTB) pump for maintenance, the emergency block valve (EBV) inadvertently opened, releasing crude VTB through the flange opening on the pump. CRLLC is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the EBV opening and measures to prevent recurrence.

Discharge Preventable - Under Investigation

CRLLC is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the EBV opening and measures to prevent recurrence.

Notes/Remedial Actions

The issue was resolved by isolating the EBV.