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Motiva Enterprises (1406), Norco

Releases of Firewater

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

Firewater Block Valve at Berth 1
Cause: see notes

Followup: No

Notes: Incident caused by unanticipated bypass of the wastewater treatment facility. Repairs were completed on the block valve and the valve is schedule to be replaced.
100.0 gallons

truck-mounted fire monitor
Cause: Firewater discharged over northern property boundary during emergency response training, bypassing wastewater treatment system. Stream was not aimed properly.

Followup: No

Notes: Stream adjusted so that it would flow into wastewater treatment system.
1,000.0 gallons

Logistics Berth 2
Cause: Initially, leaking pipe unable to be contained until the leaking pipe was isolated. A small pinhole developed on the firewater piping at Logistics Berth 2 causing a leakage of firewater into the Mississippi River.

Followup: No

Notes: LDEQ and Follow-Up Report provided, but no Refinery Report included. Motiva states that they were unable to contain spill, but isolated the leaking piping to stop the leak. The Follow-Up report stated "Motiva Norco is permitted to release firewater to the Mississippi River from the Wharf". All required monitoring requirements for the permitted discharge were met and were within permit limits.