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Motiva Enterprises (1406), Norco

Releases of Steam

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

Interface piping of wharf structure
Cause: Pipefitting located on the sewage and steam condensate interface piping of the wharf structure leaked sewage and steam condensate into the Mississippi River. See also incident #s 96492 and 98320, reports of the same date, and follow-up inspection reports on file for the three incidents combined.

Followup: Yes

Notes: The lines were 30' above the batture, making them difficult to access. A scaffold platform had to be built before repairs could take place. The lines were blocked and the release was contained with secondary containment at ground level until repairs could be made. Upon completion of scaffold platform, maintenance repaired the line, thus stopping the leak and returning the discharge to its normal routing to the site's wastewater treatment facility. The released steam condensate and sewage did not go through this wastewater treatment facility.