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ExxonMobil Chemical Plant (286), Baton Rouge

Releases of Nitric Oxide

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


Followup: No

Notes: They had a leak on a pump. When they isolated that leak, they weren't using the pump so sent to flare. They expected to exceed RQ. They were trying to fix the leak. Just SPOC report.

Cause: Found a pinhole leak in a flange.

Followup: No

Notes: Secured it by shutting pump down and blocking in the release.

Flare #25
Cause: Due to an unknown cause, the compressor in the SACC unit failed and reduced the pressure on the system by flaring. The charge gas compressor in the Olefins unit shut down when several processing cards in the gas turbine control system failed. Four of the seven furnaces shut down immediately and gas from them were evacuated to the flare. The high rate flow caused #25 flare to smoke. The H furnace was starting up a leak developed in the convection section and uncombusted VOCs were released to air. It was believed a pinhole leak developed during steaming of furnace.


Notes: The failed cards were replaced and the unit began operation. There was a complaint about black smoke that was coming from flare for about an hour, and ongoing flare. Steam was introduced into the furnaces to displace VOCs to reduce flaring emissions. The failed cards were replaced and the unit began operation. The flaring during start up were permitted emissions.