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Valero (1238), Meraux

Releases of Light Hydrocarbons

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

FLARE - South Flare
Cause: the incident occurred shortly after a line of sever storms swept through the area. MOUSA experienced a malfunction (loss of flame) at the South Flare.

Followup: Yes

Notes: This was a self report to LDEQ from Murphy. At the time this report was made the incident was under investigation and a root cause analysis was not available. Bucket Brigade was not provided with a copy of the follow up report.
2,000.0 pounds

South flare
Cause: Above normal flaring occurred when the naphtha reformer experience an unplanned shutdown. Adjustments were being made to change operating conditions and the unit tripped.

Followup: No

Notes: Recycle gas was vented to the South flare until unit conditions were stabilized. The unit was immediately restarted. No significant sulfur dioxide emissions from the flare due to this event. Large dark orange flare with a much black smoke was seen.