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ExxonMobil Refinery (2638), Baton Rouge

Releases of Sodium Hydroxide

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source(s) Notes Amount of Release
140658

2012-06-20
Line 8141
NIG
Cause: A leak was discovered on line 8141 that released 1 cup of caustic to the gravel. The pinhole leak sprayed a mist of sodium hydroxide on a number of pipes. During the clean-up process of this leak, approximately 5 gallons of water/caustic mixture was released onto the railroad.

Followup: No

Notes: In the police report, the refinery representative stated that they were going to clean up the spill themselves by using a vacuum truck to vacuum up the water. If it was found to be necessary, they would also scrap the soil at that location.