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Valero (1238), Meraux

Releases of Dissolved Air Floatation (DAF) Float (EPA listed hazardous waste K048)

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

DAF Sump Line / Holding Tank X-V-021
Cause: contract personnel responsible for flushing DAF lines. Murphy Meraux Refinery experienced a spill of DAF float onto the ground while flushing the DAF Sump Line to Holding Tank X-V-021. Approximately 10.5 pounds of the EPA listed hazardous waste was windblown out of the containment area and onto the ground. Spilled material was immediately collected via vacuum truck and the remainder was scraped from the ground for disposal at a hazardous waste landfill.

Followup: No Information Provided

Notes: This was a self report from Murphy to LEDQ. It was not preventable because it was the result of human error. Remedial Measures - contract personnel responsible for flushing DAF lines were counseled. Personnel will gauge volume in Tank X-V-021 before flushing lines. Details of the incident were made available to all refinery personnel. This release was over the LRTK reportable quantity which is 10 pounds.
11.0 pounds