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Placid Refining (2366), Port Allen

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #1532250
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State Police #14-00218
Accident Date2014-01-13
Report Date 2014-01-15
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
Crude Oil35mInternal Sump, Outfall 006NONONO0.3 gallons

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Weather

Report indicates that on 1/13/14 an oily sheen was noticed in the ditches on the south side of the facility new Outfall 006. Upon review, Placid's internal sump had an oil sheen. Placid beleives heavy rains may have washed oil to the sump. Later in the report Placid indicates that the discharge was a result of an operational error.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Report does not state if discharge was preventable. Report states "This incident was the result of operational error". It is unclear is this indicates whether the discharge was preventable or not.

Notes/Remedial Actions

Immediate remediation consisted of turning off the outfall pump and placing booms and absorbent materials in the ditches. An air pump was used to remove the floating sheen from the sump while the sump was out of service during clean up. The refinery reports that their future remedy is that Placid's Operations Department will pay closer attention to internal sumps during periods of heavy rainfall. This report was included in the same document as another discharge event with the same DEQ and LSP incident numbers. These cases occurred at different times in different places in the refinery and do not appear to be related. To differentiate the cases in this database this case is referred to as DEQ#1532250 while the first case is DEQ#153225. No state police reports were located for either incident.