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Phillips 66 (2538), Lake Charles

Releases of Xylene

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

Cause: A plug from a previous repair on the roof of Tank-77 failed. The tank was full; the gasoline pool on the roof grew until the roof was landed on 4/9/13, and estimated to be 14 ft. in diameter at that time.

Followup: No

Notes: Notified SPOC on 4/10/13. The gasoline was drained off and 500 lbs were recovered; an estimated 5800 lbs evaporated between 4/8/13-4/9/13. Based on the composition, an estimated 44 lbs of benzene and 285 lbs of xylene evaporated. Tank-77 taken out of service to repair roof. Engineering calculations estimate 5,800 lbs of VOCs, 44 lbs of Benzene, and 285 lbs of Xylene gases were released, which exceeds the reportable quantity for these compounds.
285.0 pounds

Szorb Unit
Cause: A fire occurred on a heat exchanger in the Szorb unit as a result of a leak on the heat exchange system in the Szorb unit. As a result, there was black smoke to atmosphere.

Followup: No

Notes: Feed was pulled from the unit and water monitors were started on surrounding equipment. Investigation is ongoing.
197.0 pounds