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Placid Refining (2366), Port Allen

Causal Factor: Piping or Tubing

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

hose on recirculation pump at Tank 18
Cause: A hose ruptured on a recirculation pump at Tank 18 spilling approximately 3 barrels of No. 6 Fuel Oil into SPCC Secondary Containment. The root cause was hose failure.

Followup: No

Notes: Hoses will be placed and secured on saddles to prevent contact with other structural component in the area. Booms and absorbent materials were used to contain the spill. The contaminated soil and No. 6 Fuel Oil was removed and placed into a roll-off box. All waste generated will be disposed of in accordance with State and Federal Regulations. Although the report did not indicate whether the release was a reportable quantity or below reportable quantity, 3 barrels of oil is above the reportable quantity.
#6 Oil: 126.0 gallons

No information provided
No information given
Cause: There was leak in a line that was being taken out of service for a turnaround, causing the facility to experience an exceedance of its 12-hour average for hydrogen sulfide.

Followup: No

Notes: No remedial actions were stated. The State Police Hazmat report identifies sulfur dioxide as the released chemical, but does not mention hydrogen sulfide. The LDEQ report identifies hydrogen sulfide as the released chemical, but does not mention sulfur dioxide. No explanation is given for this discrepancy. The report also states that the RQ for H2S is 500 lbs, which is presumably why they state that the 100 lbs released was below the reportable quantity. Notification made that #1 Incinerator was emitting higher than permitted sulfur dioxide emissions. Placid's engineering department determined less than the established RQ was actually released from this event. Placid will ensure any excess emissions are accounted for in other applicable reports. SPOC report states material did go offsite.
Hydrogen Sulfide: 100.0 pounds


overhead line
Cause: Leak developed in overhead line releasing propane, butane, and hydrogen fluoride.

Followup: No

Notes: Refining report's total time of release seems to be incorrect: stated as " Beginning Time 1050 hours on 2/1/13 through 1110 hours 1/23/13. SPOC states that incident was secured within 18 minutes. No loss of sources of radiation; the release point is not subject to permit. Release immediately controlled with water deluge and unit shut down; failed piping to be replaced with comprehensive inspection of related piping in affected unit.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): 3,800.0 pounds
Hydrofluoric Acid: 30.0 pounds