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Formosa Plastics (288), Baton Rouge

Causal Factor: Maintenance/Procedures

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

None Reported
Cause: A contractor was cutting down a column with a torch. Inside of the column, the packing began to smolder.

Followup: No

Notes: At the time the call was made, the column was being flooded with water.

No information given
Cause: A sump located in the northwest quadrant of the concrete-lined tank farm containment area was cleaned out during sump pump replacement. A clear liquid containing sodium hydroxide, ethylene dichloride, and vinyl chloride accumulated in the sump after cleanout.

Followup: No

Notes: The facility initiated a corrective action plan to pump out and neutralize sump contents. The liquid was sampled and found to contain 1.3% sodium hydroxide, 1.95 ppm ethylene dichloride and 1.9 ppm vinyl chloride. Investigation included activities to de-inventory a nearby casutic storage tank, T-83A for inspection.


Area N of NT402
Cause: Organic compounds were observed while repairing an underground firewater line.

Followup: No

Notes: At the time of the LDEQ report, there was no known discharge, but there was a potential groundwater impact. The refinery referred the incident to remediation.