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Calumet Lubricants 1 (1224), Princeton

Causal Factor: Piping or Tubing

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

H-100-A heater unit (93-1)
Cause: At approximately 7:15 PM on May 7, 2013, a small fire started in the H-100-A heater unit on the Primary Crude Unit. Smoke was released offsite to the atmosphere. No off-side protective action was taken. The crude unit experienced an unexpected computer/electrical shutdown on May 6 and was in the process of a startup. A tube in the heater unit ruptured which caused a small amount of oil to leak into the unit and catch fire. The fire remained inside the heater and no oil was spilled outside the unit.

Followup: Yes

Notes: The incident was secured immediately by stopping the fuel flow to the unit. The fire was extinguished within 5 minutes. The smoke exceeding the 20% opacity limit was emitted for approximately 10 minutes. The unit will be repaired and placed back in service. According to Requirement #79 of Calumet's Title V permit, 0400-00004-V8, the opacity of smoke may not be in excess of 20% for more than one six-minute period in any 60 consecutive minutes. Deviations are to be reported.