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Calumet Lubricants 1 (1224), Princeton

Releases in 2013

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source/Release CauseNotes

Point Source(s):
H-100-A heater unit (93-1)

Smoke - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

At approximately 7:15 PM on May 7, 2013, a small fire started in the H-100-A heater unit on the Primary Crude Unit. Smoke was released offsite to the atmosphere. No off-side protective action was taken. The crude unit experienced an unexpected computer/electrical shutdown on May 6 and was in the process of a startup. A tube in the heater unit ruptured which caused a small amount of oil to leak into the unit and catch fire. The fire remained inside the heater and no oil was spilled outside the unit.
The incident was secured immediately by stopping the fuel flow to the unit. The fire was extinguished within 5 minutes. The smoke exceeding the 20% opacity limit was emitted for approximately 10 minutes. The unit will be repaired and placed back in service. According to Requirement #79 of Calumet's Title V permit, 0400-00004-V8, the opacity of smoke may not be in excess of 20% for more than one six-minute period in any 60 consecutive minutes. Deviations are to be reported.

Point Source(s):
dome lid of truck

Lube Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

A lube oil spill occurred after a truck driver left the dome lid of his truck open while transporting the product from Calumet Princeton. The driver discovered the dome lid was open prior to leaving the facility and that any oil spilled was negligible.
United Petroleum Transport self reported about 35-40 gallons of Casol 5550 (lube oil) discharged from dome lid for about 5 miles when discovered by driver. Spill was BRQ. Company report indicated that truck did not leave facility prior to discovery of dome lid. The second report from the facility basically rescinds the first report. The reportable quantity for lube oil is 1 barrel or 42 gallons, but the representative of Calumet Lubricants later assured the LDEQ that the spill was BRQ.