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Phillips 66 (2418), Belle Chasse

Releases of Toluene

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

179 Thermal Hydrodealkylation Unit H1 Heater
Cause: The outlet flanges located on the outside of the convection section of the 179 Thermal Hydrodealkylation Unit H1 Heater leaked toluene onto surrounding hot surfaces. The toluene ignited causing a small fire at the flanges. It is suspected that the heavy rainstorm may have caused the metal to contract creating the slight opening at the flange faces.

Followup: No

Notes: Fire was extinguished using fire water. Unit was shutdown and de-pressured.
449.0 pounds