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Placid Refining (2366), Port Allen

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #156170
State Police #15-02279
Accident Date2014-05-23
Report Date 2014-05-30
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
Alkylate2d 19h 10mdrain valveNONONO168.0 gallons
Process Water2d 19h 10mdrain valveNONONO1,260.0 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)2d 19h 10mdrain valveNONOYES1,258.0 pounds
Benzene2d 19h 10mdrain valveNONOYES0.0 pounds
Isooctane2d 19h 10mdrain valveNONOYES7.2 pounds
Isoprene2d 19h 10mNONOYES0.4 pounds
n-Hexane2d 19h 10mNONONO0.1 pounds
Propylene2d 19h 10mNONOYES7.7 pounds
Styrene2d 19h 10mNONONO 

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Corrosion

On May 23, 2014 water and alkylate (a gasoline blending component) was discovered around the parameter of Placid's above ground tank number 16. The tanks floating roof drain valve was found to be leaking. The valve was blocked in to stop the leak and cleanup of approximately four barrels of alkylation and water was conducted. On May 24, 2014 additional alkylate was discovered and further investigation revealed the tank developed a small leak from a bottom side wall. Air pumps were set up to capture and pump the leaking alkylate to storage. A water heal of approximately 6 inches was pumped into the bottom of tank 16 to prevent product from leaking while the tank was de-inventoried. Area air monitoring was conuducted for LEL, VOCs, and benzene. On May 25, 2014 at approximately 10:00 hours the floating roof on tank 16 landed. De-inventorying continued until 18:00 hours when low suction was lost. The remaining product and water was removed (stripped) via air pumps. On May 26, at 9:30 hours the stripping was completed and a third party vendor began a controlled vapor degassing of the tank using a thermal oxidizer. On May 29, cleaning the floor of any residual sludge began so the tank could be inspected for needed repairs. Additionally, evaluation of any contaminated soil will also be addressed and the tank will remain out of service until repairs are completed. Report states that while the reason for the leak is still under investigation, it is expected to be corrosion related.

Discharge Preventable - Under Investigation

Notes/Remedial Actions

Release materials was recovered and returned to storage. Potentially impacted soil will be evaluated upon entry into the tank. A water heal was added to the tank, the tank was de-inventoried and degassed. Product was recovered and returned to storage. Soil to be tested and removed if contaminated. Air pumps captured leaking Alkylate.