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Chalmette Refining (1376), Chalmette

Causal Factor: Other

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source(s) Notes Amount of Release
No LDEQ Reported

2005-02-15
None Reported
Cause: OTHER Vehicle fire that damaged a contractor van while on CRLLC property

Followup: No

Notes: Letter rescinds verbal report because incident was not reportable.
92494

2006-12-08
Number 1 Flare
Cause: heavy oil entered Flare drum and was released as droplets

Followup: No

Notes: #2 Flare was quickly relit and steam controller placed in manual mode to stop the pulsating until the #2 Flare System could be stabilized. Spill cleanup was initiated for the heavy oil ffrom the #1 Flare to the batture and the Mississippi River. Heavy Oil was removed from the #2 Flare Drum.
Volatile Organic Compounds: 18,597.0 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide: 93.0 pounds
Heavy Oil: 10.0 gallons
92194

2006-11-21
#1 Flare - AE-AOA-05-0109 EPN 28
#2 Flare
Cause: Compressor K-406 tripped for unknown reasons.

Followup: No

Notes: Under investigation.
Sulfur Dioxide: 3,723.0 pounds
Nitrogen Oxide: 21.0 pounds
91667

2006-10-29
AE-AOA-05-0109 EPN 28 and 29
Cause: electrical switchgear failure.

Followup: No

Notes: DEQ report indicates that unknown amounts of the pollutants were released.
Volatile Organic Compounds: 1,228.0 pounds
Nitric Oxide: 467.0 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide: 22,226.0 pounds
Nitrogen Dioxide: 61.0 pounds
90847

2006-09-23
Tank
Cause: tank overflowed and wasewater sludge was released to the ground

Followup: No

Notes: Letter written to rescind notification of 9/27/6
Wastewater: 94.0 gallons
90163

2006-08-22
No information given
Cause: first stage recycle finfan leak in HCU

Followup: No

Notes: Letter written to rescind notification of 8/22/06
Volatile Organic Compounds: 270.0 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide: 41.0 pounds
89597

2006-07-29
No information given
Cause: loss of flow in the tail gas compressor

Followup: No

Notes: Letter written to rescind notification of 7/29/06
Sulfur Dioxide: 46.0 pounds
87121

2006-04-11
AE-AOA-05-010,9AE-AOA-05-0109 EPN 46
Cause: contamination in the air system

Followup: No

Notes: updated unit operating procedures to remove potential impurities from the line prior to future use.

Sulfur Dioxide: 32,624.0 pounds
86695

2006-03-24
Flare
Cause: power failureblip on shared electrical system resulted in 14 minute outage

Followup: No

Notes: Letter written to rescind notification of 3/24/6
Nitrogen Oxide: 11.0 pounds
86447

2006-03-13
AE-AOA-05-0109
Cause: loss of power resulted in the unplanned upset of the refinery. External power supplied by Entergy was lost due to activity external to refinery operations. Release from Nos. 1 and 2 Flares.

Followup: No

Notes: Specific action taken: met with Entergy to stress the impact of this incident and request that appropriate measures be taken in order to prevent a recurrence.
Sulfur Dioxide: 680.0 pounds
Nitrogen Dioxide: 1,821.0 pounds
Nitrogen Oxide: 16,393.0 pounds
101812

2007-12-18
Flare
Cause: power failure caused Reformer #1 to overpressure and vent to flare.

Followup: No

Notes: No information given

101404

2007-12-02
Flare
Cause: compressor problem leads to release to flare

Followup: No

Notes: No information given

101331

2007-11-29
No information given
Cause: #1 prefract loss feed to tower, tower over pressured released SO2

Followup: No

Notes: No information given

101218

2007-11-22
Valve packing
Cause: valve packing started leaking

Followup: No

Notes: No information given

No LDEQ Reported

2007-11-18
None Reported
Cause: conveyor belt fire.

Followup: No

Notes: No information given
100093

2007-10-11
Sulfur Plant
Cause: power failure.

Followup: No

Notes: Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded

99999

2007-10-05
Emergency Flare System
Cause: power failure.

Followup: No

Notes: CRLLC followed the Loss of Power Emergency Shutdown Procedures for each unit.


Nitrogen Dioxide: 1,097.0 pounds

99861

2007-09-30
No information given
Cause: pressure safety valve release

Followup: No

Notes: Letter from CRLLC states that no RQ's were exceeded; DEQ letter estimates that there was a release of 2718 lbs of SO2

99870

2007-09-30
#2 Flare
Cause: pressure safety valve release

Followup: No

Notes: Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded




98823

2007-08-21
None Reported
Cause: see notes. Backed up fuel drum and fuel drum went to flare.

Followup: No

Notes: Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
98210

2007-07-29
None Reported
Cause: see notes. Hydrocracker 2nd stage heater tripped F-2301 & 2307. 2nd stage C2302 reactor overheated & over-pressured, vented to #2 flare.

Followup: No

Notes: DEQ report states that emissions were BRQ
98057

2007-07-23
No information given
Cause: see notes. Amine Contactor Tower had flooded

Followup: No

Notes: Root cause under investigation
Hydrogen Sulfide: 1,134.0 pounds
98089

2007-07-22
No information given
Cause: compressor had a problem with the coency of water, unable to carry load, flare staged releasing

Followup: No

Notes: Algiers AAM site had readings of 134 ppb

97616

2007-07-05
#2 Crude Unit
Cause: see notes.Fire involving hydrocarbons from heavy oil.

Followup: No

Notes: Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded

96571

2007-05-27
Naphtha Storage Tank #36
Cause: see notes. Small hole develops in floating roof of tank permitting vapors to escape.

Followup: No

Notes: Letter written to rescind notification of 5/27 concerning release of VOCs, Benzene, Xylene



95462

2007-04-19
Waste Gas Compressor
Cause: see notes. natural gas was escaping from the natural gas supply regulator for the engine driver of the the Waste Gas Compressor.

Followup: No

Notes: operators attempted to stop the leak by adjusting the supply pressure. The compressor was shutdown and the gas supply header was isolated. Internal bladder replaced.
Methane: 1,201.0 pounds
95360

2007-04-15
Sox Scrubber Stack
Cause: see notes. the FCC gas expander triggered a shutdown of the FCC. The pressure in the unit discharged to the atmosphere via the Sox scrubber stack.

Followup: No

Notes: Letter sent to rescind notification concerning release of SO2 and PM. Cleared the valves of catalyst. Expander was restarted at a reduced rate.
Sulfur Dioxide: 265.0 pounds
Non-speciated Volatile Organic Compounds: 17,043.0 pounds
Particulate Matter: 4.0 pounds
94825

2007-03-22
CRLLC Shipment
Cause: see notes. CRLLC accidentally sends hazardous waste to landfill

Followup: No

Notes: CRLLC promptly notified Woodside Landfill on 3/22/07. Woodside isolated the waste an implemented their waste rejection plan. By 3/24/07 PM, 440 tons of waste were containerized into 25 roll-off boxes, removed from the facility and transported for interim storage.
Sludge: 64,000.0 pounds
94692

2007-03-18
Gas Recovery Unit - # 1 flare
Cause: see notes. #2 coker wet gas compressor and the GRU experienced pressure swings causing the temp. in the comp. to increase and shutdown.

Followup: No

Notes: control valve in the GRU was out of calibration. Control valve was sending false signals to the control room indicating that the valve was 100% open. The valve was replaced.
Sulfur Dioxide: 1,572.0 pounds
94536

2007-03-11
#2 Coker Unit
Cause: see notes. Fire in the #2 Coker Unit.

Followup: No

Notes: Letter sent to rescind notification of 3/11/07 concerning release of SO2
Sulfur Dioxide: 380.0 pounds
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94124

2007-02-22
WWTP Outfall 110
Cause: see notes. WWTP became upset due to recent high levels of contaminants entering the feed unit

Followup: No

Notes: Sheen of approx. 300 sq ft. Under investigation.
See notes.
110959

2008-11-21
Light ends plant de-propanizer overhead condenser
Cause: leak from light ends plant de-propanizer overhead condenser

Followup: No

Notes: CRLLC shutdown the LEP ending the leak. Under investigation. 12/15 letter rescinds prior notification.

110840

2008-11-17
None Reported
Cause: tank vent has floating roof which caused tank vent to open

Followup: No

Notes: Incident involved change in tank service. Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
110581

2008-11-04
Outfall 001
Cause: leak from overhead exchanger

Followup: No

Notes: CRLLC isolated the deethanizer overhead exchanger and stopped the release to atmosphere

110547

2008-11-01
Catfeed Hydrotreater Unit
Cause: developed a leak on C7715, rich DGA flash drum at nozzle weld

Followup: No

Notes: Letter states that emissions were BRQ.

110004

2008-10-10
Once Through Cooling Water System
Cause: heat exchanger leaking

Followup: No

Notes: Letter states that emissions were BRQ.


105915

2008-05-23
#2 Flare
Cause: excess light material in the feed stream caused the Crude 2 Atmospheric Tower to over pressure. CRLLC began processing a new type of crude that caused the upset.

Followup: No

Notes: CRLLC reduced the Crude 2 Feed rate and made adjustments to the feed rate to reduce the pressure in the atmospheric tower and in the Prefractionator Tower.
Sulfur Dioxide: 922.0 pounds
102577

2008-01-25
#2 Flare
Cause: liquid from Crude 2 Stabilizer Overhead Receiver carried over into the Waste Gas System Line and froze, plugging the line and initiating a series of problems.

Followup: No

Notes: CRLLC repaired the level indicator and changed the alarm points on the gas line to the WGS reducing the probability of such an event and enabling faster identification of such an event. The combined activities will prevent future plugging of the line.
Sulfur Dioxide: 1,461.0 pounds