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CITGO Petroleum (1250), Lake Charles

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #109637
State Police #08-06303
Accident Date2008-09-29
Report Date 2008-10-03
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
Sulfur DioxideNo information givenB-12 FlareNOYESNO20,000.0 pounds
Nitrogen DioxideNo information givenB-12 FlareNOYESYESBRQ
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)No information givenB-12 FlareNONOYESBRQ
Ammonia GasNo information givenB-12 FlareNONONOBRQ

Accident Classified As:

Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

Discharge Preventable -

Notes/Remedial Actions

A-SRU experience swings in air demand caused by hydrocarbon carryover from the A Sour Water Tower (E301A). Flow from E-301 to A-SRU was stopped, then restarted. Startup was cause of release. Stopped again. Another start up released even more SO2. REMEDIAL ACTIONS: Upgrade existing suge tank skim oil pumps, Add third surge tank skim oil pump, install instrumentation to detect hydrocarbons in SWS feed