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Formosa Plastics (288), Baton Rouge

Releases of Hydrogen Chloride

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

Valve on Vinyl Chloride Monomer Unit
Cause: There was a gasket leak in the Vinyl Chloride Monomer unit. Ethylene dichloride, hydrogen chloride, and ethylene.

Followup: No

Notes: A clamp was placed on the leak and an emergency team was sent to secure the leak. Fence line monitoring showed no detectable readings.

Furnace A (point source 230A)
Cause: Permission emissions limit was exceeded at Furnace A. A tube in the furnace convection section had failed. 143 lbs of HCL was emitted. No reportable quantity was exceeded.

Followup: No

Notes: No information given
143.0 pounds