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Calcasieu Refining (3585), Lake Charles

Causal Factor: Equipment Design

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source(s) Notes Amount of Release

Tank 313
Cause: Fault in tank floor caused a leak in the bottom of the tank.

Followup: Yes

Notes: Water was pumped into the tank in an effort to keep the naphtha level in the tank above the leak. A vacuum truck and pumps were deloyed to recover spilled naphtha on the gound. Contaminated soil was excavated and disposed of off site. No samples taken by LDEQ investigator.
Benzene: 322.0 pounds
Naphthenic Crude: 42,000.0 gallons
Water: 18,900.0 gallons