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Alon Refining (3116), Krotz Springs

Causal Factor: Weather

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

Oil from various sumps overflowed into plant ditches
Cause: xxxxxxxx

Followup: No information given

Notes: During severe rainfall and power loss associated with Hurricane Gustav, rainwater backed up from facility sumps and entered the plant ditches. Oil from sumps overflowed into the ditches. Booms and absorbents were used to contain the oil on site, but some reached the swamp area outside. Said they would remove soil with residue.
Oil: 42.0 gallons

No information given
Cause: xxxxxxxx

Followup: No information given

Notes: The plant had an unplanned shutdown in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav.


FCC Unit Flare EIQ Number 5-85, FCC Flue Gas Stack Unit EIQ Number 1-85
Crude Flare EIQ Number 8-78
Cause: Temporary loss of electricity due to stormy weather. Entire refinery shutdown. Subsequent problems restarting boilers resulted in delayed start up.

Followup: No

Notes: Report indicates that the power failure was unforeseen and therefore unpreventable. The 92 hour release was periodic in nature. The units were shut down and power restored.
Nitrous Oxide: 81.1 pounds


Crude Unit Flare and FCCU Unit Flare
Cause: Extreme cold front moving through area with heavy rains and "tomadic" winds. Power trip upset that resulted in unusual flaring. During severe weather and winds, power feeding the plant from the utility company tripped off, shutting down the entire refinery.

Followup: No

Notes: Safety reliefs vented to the flares as designed to control the upset. Permit limits were exceeded, but no reportable quantities were released. Flares smoked for approximately 5 minutes in compliance with Title V permit conditions.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): 924.5 pounds
Nitric Oxide: 104.4 pounds
Carbon Monoxide: 446.9 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide: 455.6 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide: 4.9 pounds
Hexane: 48.2 pounds
Ethylene: 50.6 pounds
Propylene: 171.6 pounds