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Calumet Lubricants 8 (1214), Shreveport

Releases of Methyl Ethyl Ketone

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

MEK Unit

Followup: No

Notes: Root cause analysis performed, corrective actions designed. Metal to metal sparking ignited a fire: They were removing a wax filter from the MEK unit. The filter medi caught fire when they removed it. A spark associated with removal of the bolts that holds the unit together may have caused the filter to ignite. Workers extinguished the fir
4.0 pounds

Cause: Due to an electrical power failure, operations were dumping deketonizer bottom water to the sump. Also at the same time operations were dropping out the primary and secondary feed drums to the warm wash receiver. They had only one predilution pump on and the warm wash receiver overflows to the sump. The south sump pump could not keep up and solvent backed out of the sump leg drain at the MEK charge pump. Source of ignition was heat trace that was arcing above the pump.

Followup: Yes

Notes: Fire was extinguished, electrical heat tape turned off, and an electrician was called over to look at it.
2.4 pounds