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Chalmette Refining (1376), Chalmette

Releases in 2007

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source/Release CauseNotes
100252

2008-10-16
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

relief valve failed on an operating unit
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
101895

2007-12-21
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Process Upset

upset of FCC; overhead pressure opened to flare
No information given
101848

2007-12-20
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
No information given
101814

2007-12-19
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
No information given
101836

2007-12-19
Point Source(s):
#1 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 1,955 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

#4 Waste Gas system shut down because of misalignment of a sensor and magnetic pick-up. CRLLC technicians also found a bad bearing for the cam shaft idler sprocket.
Operators immediately tried to start a second compressor. Restarted the shutdown compressor and removed gas flow from flare, ending event.
101812

2007-12-18
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

power failure caused Reformer #1 to overpressure and vent to flare.
No information given
101744

2007-12-17
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Compressed Flammable Gas - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Instrument Failure

#1 prefract loss feed to tower, tower over pressured released SO2
No information given
101671

2007-12-13
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

lost gas compressor K-8111; unit vented to flare
No information given
101404

2007-12-02
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

compressor problem leads to release to flare
No information given
No LDEQ Number Available

2007-12-02
Point Source(s):
Barge - Kirby 27720

Pollutant(s):
Slurry Oil - 11 pounds
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

Inspector failed to bring a rope to inspect samples. A rope broke while sample bottles were being hoisted to the deck of the dock from a barge. Bottles spilled into river.
Floating boom placed on river to recover material. Absorbent pads used to clean material on deck. CRLLC will modify inspector material requirements to include all materials needed to transport samples.
101331

2007-11-29
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

#1 prefract loss feed to tower, tower over pressured released SO2
No information given
101270

2007-11-27
Point Source(s):
#2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 763 pounds
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

frozen material in a pipe prevented material from the HCU and Pretreater to leave towers. Pressure was relieved to flare.
CRLLC repaired the level gauge and the level transmitter on the De-ethanizer
101218

2007-11-22
Point Source(s):
Valve packing

Pollutant(s):
Butane - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

valve packing started leaking
No information given
101172

2007-11-20
Point Source(s):
Refinery Pipeline

Pollutant(s):
Spent Diglycol Amine - BRQ
Diglycolamine - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

pinhole leak in a pipe
No information given
101165

2007-11-19
Point Source(s):
#2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
No information given
101150

2007-11-18
Point Source(s):
#1 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 4,484 pounds
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

HGO Pump around failed, causing a shut down of #2 Coker Off Gas Compressor
Operators established the HGO Pump Around before restarting the K-8101 Compressor. When compressor restarted, gas flow removed from flare, ending incident.
No LDEQ Number Available

2007-11-18
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Other

conveyor belt fire.
No information given
100946

2007-11-09
Point Source(s):
Truck at Coker Sludge Tank (D-8103)

Pollutant(s):
Coker Sludge - 264 pounds
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

Contract vacuum truck driver assumes that a valve was closed, disconnected a hose from his truck, and material sprayed to the ground
Liquid material recovered with a vacuum truck. All materials that migrated off site were recovered and containerized for disposal.
100705

2007-11-01
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
discovered small hole in bottom of tank covered in rust while pressure washing tank.
100668

2007-10-31
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
No information given
100878

2007-10-31
Point Source(s):
Oil/water sewer system

Pollutant(s):
Hydrocarbon - 914 pounds
Cause of Problem: Weather

sewer backed up during heavy rains causing oil inside a pipe to flow to the soil
DEQ letter states that emission was BRQ of 1000 lbs
100419

2007-10-23
Point Source(s):
Tank 1024

Pollutant(s):
Nitrogen Oxide - BRQ
Nitrogen Dioxide - BRQ
Butadiene - BRQ
Ethylbenzene - BRQ
Slop Oil - 68,102 pounds
Benzene - 115 pounds
Cause of Problem: Weather

due to heavy rain, personnel were filling Tank 1024 to manage excessive storm water for processing. The tank overflowed.
Isolated the tank. 3rd party environmental clean up firm called in to do clean up. Vacuum trucks deployed; foam applied to minimize volatilization of spilled material and absorbent materials used to contain the discharge to the vicinity of the tank.
100420

2007-10-22
Point Source(s):
Outfall 004

Pollutant(s):
None - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

see notes
letter follows up on report that indicated a potential overflow of stormwater system. Letter states that all the storm water runoff normally routed the WWTP was contained on site.
100395

2007-10-22
Point Source(s):
Cooling Water Exchanger

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

cooling water exchanger leak
No information given
100423

2007-10-22
Point Source(s):
Emergency Flare System

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 958 pounds
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

Number 1 Coker Wet Gas Compressor shutdown on high amperage when water entrained in the feed line to the compressor caused the compressor to overheat.
Operators closed the valve to the feed line to the compressor and restarted the K-2800 compressor. The line was again dewatered and lined back up to the compressor K-2800 without shutting down the compressor.
100401

2007-10-22
Point Source(s):
Oil/water sewer system

Pollutant(s):
Mobile DTE Oil - 1,497 pounds
Cause of Problem: Weather

several heavy rainstorms deposited over nine inches of rain in less than 18 hrs and backed the lube oil out of the oil/water system.
Vacuum trucks deployed and absorbent materials used to contain oil to immediate vicinity.
100421

2007-10-22
Point Source(s):
Tank 1017

Pollutant(s):
Light Cycle Oil - 51,050 pounds
Cause of Problem: Weather

; the motorized operated valve between the Alkylation Sump and tank 1017 failed to close properly allowing liquid to continue filling the tank until it overflowed. The level gauge also failed.
CRLLC issued work orders to replace the Tank 1017 gauge and valve. Also initiated an investigation to determine why the gauge failed. In the process of excavating contaminated soils around Tank 1017.
100358

2007-10-20
Point Source(s):
Emergency Flare System

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 211,810 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide - 566 pounds
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

incident occurred during shut down of the Sulfur Recovery Unit train 1 for maintenance. Train 2 also shut down, initiating release.
Operators restarted Train 2 twice before they were able to route acid gas through Train 2 and out of the Emergency Flare System ending the flaring.
100315

2007-10-19
Point Source(s):
Emergency Flare System

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Sulfur Dioxide - 12,020 pounds
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

Train 2 shut down due to low oxygen flow
Operators restarted Train 2 to end the flaring.
100171

2007-10-14
Point Source(s):
#2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

#2 crude unit prefractionator tower reflux pump tripped
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
100093

2007-10-11
Point Source(s):
Sulfur Plant

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

power failure.
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
100070

2007-10-09
Point Source(s):
Vapor Recovery Unit Field Sump

Pollutant(s):
Light Alkylate - 266 pounds
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

a small quantity of rust had covered the magnet on the rocker arm of the VRU High Level Shutdown Switch, causing it to stick.
Operators shut down the VRU ending the discharge. Switch assemblies were replaced.
100064

2007-10-09
Point Source(s):
Truck at Coker Sludge Tank (D-8103)

Pollutant(s):
Petroleum Distillate - 50 gallons
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

valve left open a truck allowed product to spill in a thin line for over a mile.
Sand spread over spillage.
99999

2007-10-05
Point Source(s):
Emergency Flare System

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Nitrogen Oxide - BRQ
Nitrogen Dioxide - 1,097 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

power failure.
CRLLC followed the Loss of Power Emergency Shutdown Procedures for each unit.
99911

2007-10-02
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter written to rescind notification of 10/2 concerning release of SO2. DEQ letter indicates there was an SO2 release of 1500 lbs.
99861

2007-09-30
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

pressure safety valve release
Letter from CRLLC states that no RQ's were exceeded; DEQ letter estimates that there was a release of 2718 lbs of SO2
99870

2007-09-30
Point Source(s):
#2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Benzene - BRQ
Nitric Oxide - BRQ
Nitrogen Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

pressure safety valve release
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
99939

2007-09-28
Point Source(s):
Waste Water Treatment Plant

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - 212 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

Under investigation.
CRLLC increased ph in tank 1013 in response to detected sulfides in the feed to minimize H2S emissions.
99712

2007-09-24
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

clamp on a finfan E7776B line leaked
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
99603

2007-09-19
Point Source(s):
Hydro-cracker HCU Unit First Stage Reactor

Pollutant(s):
Compressed Flammable Gas - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Benzene - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

Hydro-cracker HCU Unit First Stage Reactor malfunction
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
99557

2007-09-18
Point Source(s):
#1 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 1,979 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Nitrogen Oxide - BRQ
Nitrogen Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Instrument Failure

Malfunctioning FCC PGC seal oil level controller. I/E was requested. While I/E's were making adj. the compressor shutdown and excess gas was sent to #1 flare.
Compressor was restarted ending the flaring. The seal oil level control was replaced.
99492

2007-09-16
Point Source(s):
#1 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

hole in the pipeline
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
99496

2007-09-16
Point Source(s):
Cat Feed Hydrotreater Unit

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - 2,334 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds - 24,066 pounds
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

piping failure due to corrosion from leak of DGA and H2S into piping system from DGA contactor. Drop in reactor pressure on the CFHT unit. Leak on outlet piping of the Fin Fan. Emer. shutdown due internal corrosion from a leak of diglycolame/Hydrogen Sulfide
Emergency shutdown was initiated. Water spray was applied to decrease emissions until the unit could be safely depressured. CRLLC inspected entire piping system and ID' other corroded areas. CRLLC plans to increase frequency of outlet piping system inspections. DEQ letter of 10/11/07 indicates that incident will be referred to enforcement because it is preventable.
99133

2007-09-04
Point Source(s):
#1 Reformer

Pollutant(s):
Compressed Flammable Gas - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

#1 Reformer had piping failure on debutanizer reflux line…compressed gas
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
99117

2007-09-04
Point Source(s):
#1 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
100575

2007-09-04
Point Source(s):
#2 Coker Unit

Pollutant(s):
Compressed Flammable Gas - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Benzene - BRQ
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Seal or Gasket

flare isolation unit on coke drum didn't seal when closed. Opened drum to cut it, flare gas backed into drum to atmosphere.
No information given
99116

2007-09-03
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

SRU unit, train 1, pit blower K8003 suffered equipment failure.
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
99113

2007-09-01
Point Source(s):
Tank D-0036

Pollutant(s):
Benzene - 28 pounds
Xylene - 124 pounds
Cause of Problem: Weather

cause of leak in Tank is corrosion between new floor and existing walls of the tank.
Spill became visible after heavy rain. CRLLC is in the process of emptying, cleaning, and preparing the tank for inspection. CRLLC added an additional corrosion prevention lining to the floor of the Tank prior to putting it back in service. CRLLC has also verified that all other tanks in the same service have lined floors.
99009

2007-08-29
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

in process of unloading catalyst from reactor … regenerator had excess of spent catalyst fines coming from hopper
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
98823

2007-08-21
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes. Backed up fuel drum and fuel drum went to flare.
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
98779

2007-08-20
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

compression fitting on tubing failed on salt water stripper
No information given
98704

2007-08-16
Point Source(s):
# 3 reformer debutanizer tower

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - 6,362 pounds
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

The LEP absorber tower was shutdown & the #3 debutinizer tower could not send overhead vapor to the LEP therefore #3 towerincr. and PSV was exceed. PSV on the # 3 reformer debutanizer tower reached the PSV set pressure causing a release. The LEP was shutdown due to an unstable steam rate.
The feed rate was reduced to the units to stop the release until the PSV was reseated and confirmed not leaking. Follow up letter indicates that human factors also played a role; an operator did not respond appropriately to a series of alarms.
98732

2007-08-12
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
High SO2 readings at Chalmette Vista site and AAM site. Both CRLLC and CII state normal operations with no malfunctions.
98585

2007-08-11
Point Source(s):
Cat Feed Hdyrotreater Unit (CFHT) / EPN 28

Pollutant(s):
Diglycolamine - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

leak started on the rich DGA pipe from the DGA Contractor on the Cat Feed Hydrotreater Unit.
Temporary clamp partially contained the leak until the permanent clamp could be manufactured and installed on 8/13/07. Follow-up letter of 9/19/07 revises amt of release from 5333 lbs to an unspecified amt below 5000 lbs.
98556

2007-08-10
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - 6,407 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

Under investigation. Source is wastewater treatment plant.
Ongoing intermittent release of H2S. Suspected sources contaminated water are being isolated and a sampling schedule has been implemented for all sources leading to the WWTP Feed Tank 1013. CRLLC is sampling for sulfides and pH every 6 hours on all streams entering the WWTP. Sampling will continue until a source is Id'd.
No LDEQ Number Available

2007-08-02
Point Source(s):
Ship

Pollutant(s):
Hydrocarbon - 2 pounds
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

the inspector was trying to carry too many bottles, did not use secondary containment nor properly secure the lid of the bottle after the sample was taken.
Inspectors on site counseled on ways to prevent a recurrence of the situation.
98248

2007-07-31
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Volatile Organic Compounds - 0
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
98210

2007-07-29
Point Source(s):
#2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Nitrogen Oxide - BRQ
Nitrogen Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
No information given
98232

2007-07-29
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Process Upset

upset on hydrocracker
No information given
98210

2007-07-29
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes. Hydrocracker 2nd stage heater tripped F-2301 & 2307. 2nd stage C2302 reactor overheated & over-pressured, vented to #2 flare.
DEQ report states that emissions were BRQ
98137

2007-07-24
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
High SO2 reading at Chalmette Vista air site
98057

2007-07-23
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - 1,134 pounds
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes. Amine Contactor Tower had flooded
Root cause under investigation
98089

2007-07-22
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

compressor had a problem with the coency of water, unable to carry load, flare staged releasing
Algiers AAM site had readings of 134 ppb
98002

2007-07-20
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

release to flare when setting control system to flare
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
97897

2007-07-15
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Chalmette Vista ambient air site had high SO2 readings from 7/15=7/17. Voluntary response from CRLLC and CII was that everything was operating normally.
97720

2007-07-09
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
High SO2 readings at Chalmette Vista site. CRLLC found no problems within the facility.
97616

2007-07-05
Point Source(s):
#2 Crude Unit

Pollutant(s):
Flammable Gas - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes.Fire involving hydrocarbons from heavy oil.
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
No LDEQ Number Available

2007-07-04
Point Source(s):
Outfall 210

Pollutant(s):
Hydrocarbon - 1 pounds
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

pipe connection malfunctioned allowing a small leak to occur
CRLLC has excavated the area around the leak and isolated the leak in order to make appropriate repairs before placing the line back in service.
98528

2007-07-01
Point Source(s):
#2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Benzene - 36 pounds
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

a third-party hydrogen provider, Air Products, was shut down, followed by the shut down of Louis Dreyfus, limiting ability of CRLLC to minimize flaring
CRLLC maintains open communication lines with third-party providers to reduce the impact of any third party upsets that result in supply shortages.
97549

2007-06-30
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter concerns incident of 6/30/07. Blessy Marine was responsible for incident and reported to NRC, LDEQ, and SERC
No LDEQ Number Available

2007-06-29
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter states that no RQ's were exceeded
97329

2007-06-29
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
No information given
98527

2007-06-29
Point Source(s):
#2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Benzene - 20 pounds
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

a third-party hydrogen provider, Air Products, was shut down, followed by the shut down of Louis Dreyfus, limiting ability of CRLLC to minimize flaring
CRLLC maintains open communication lines with third-party providers to reduce the impact of any third party upsets that result in supply shortages.
97504

2007-06-28
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
High SO2 readings at Chalmette Vista site. CRLLC found no problems within the facility.
97457

2007-06-27
Point Source(s):
Emergency Flare System
South Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 1,815 pounds
Nitrogen Oxide - BRQ
Nitrogen Dioxide - BRQ
Sulfur Dioxide - 798 pounds
Cause of Problem: Instrument Failure

LPG recovery compressor shut down on a high interstage level due to a faulty level indicator
Temporary modifications made to LPG interstage level bridle. A new LPG Interstage level indication and shut down system has been designed and the parts have been ordered.
97539

2007-06-25
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Process Upset

LPG Compressor tripped and K-3304 compressor R/V had over pressured resulting in some excess flaring and SO2 emissions
CITIZEN COMPLAINT.
98127

2007-06-25
Point Source(s):
Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit Process Gas Compressor (FCC) (PGC) -- EPN 28

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 5,471 pounds
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

The FCC PGC tripped due to a blown fuse that was corroded. Due to the loss of the PGC the overhead vapors were released to the #1 flare.
Immediate restart was attempted when attempsts to restart failed, feed was diverted from the FCC reactor to m. flaring. Fuses were replaced due to corrosion.
97334

2007-06-23
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Process Upset

LPG Compressor tripped and K-3304 compressor R/V had over pressured resulting in some excess flaring and SO2 emissions
No information given
97329

2007-06-22
Point Source(s):
No information given
Number 2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 509 pounds
Nitrogen Oxide - BRQ
Nitrogen Dioxide - BRQ
Sulfur Dioxide - 495 pounds
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

chain operator on the sour waste gas block valve on the #3 Deoctane Overhead Off-Gas Line failed allowing waste gas to go to flare
CRLLC repaired the malfunctioned chain operator on the #3 Deoctane Overhead Off-Gas sour waste gas block valve.
97284

2007-06-20
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfolane - 4,865 pounds
Cause of Problem: Seal or Gasket

Slightly larger than normal gasket creates imperfect seal.
No information given
97235

2007-06-19
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
No information given
97144

2007-06-15
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

initiated backflush procedure on amine exchange on tail gas section of sulfur plant
Letter states emissions were BRQ
97079

2007-06-14
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter states that emissions from flaring incident were BRQ
96950

2007-06-09
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 2,735 pounds
Cause of Problem: Instrument Failure

false reading from DGA flow controller leads to shutdown of Waste Gas System Compressor K-400
CRLLC will initiate a routine maintenance check of the DGA flow controller transmitter and communicate the need for maintenance to the process personnel and instrument techs.
96736

2007-06-04
Point Source(s):
# 2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

while lining up tower to vent, they opened up & a pocket of light hydrocarbons got into flare line
Letter written to rescind notification of 6/4 concerning release of SO2
96641

2007-05-30
Point Source(s):
Number 1 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Nitrogen Oxide - BRQ
Nitrogen Dioxide - 0
Sulfur Dioxide - 8,132 pounds
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

failure of the central processing unit within the ignition control system for the engine driver for K-402.
Central Processing Unit within the ignition control system was replaced
96571

2007-05-27
Point Source(s):
Naphtha Storage Tank #36

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Benzene - BRQ
Xylene - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes. Small hole develops in floating roof of tank permitting vapors to escape.
Letter written to rescind notification of 5/27 concerning release of VOCs, Benzene, Xylene
96498

2007-05-23
Point Source(s):
EPN 28 - #1 flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 523 pounds
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

The HDS unit off-gas compression system pressure valve had relieved causing gas to go to the #2 flare after operators failed to verify a prerequisite step of the off-gas compressor start-up procedure.
attempted to reduce the discharge pressure of the HDS off-gass compressors by water washing the system. HDS charge rates were reduced.
96369

2007-05-20
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
SO2 above trigger levels at Algiers AAM site.
96288

2007-05-17
Point Source(s):
Tank # 1014

Pollutant(s):
Hydrocarbon - BRQ
Benzene - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

back door of vacuum truck failed releasing diesel gasoline mixture as truck attempted to unload to tank 1014
Truck driver injured when door opened unexpectedly. Letter written to rescind notification of 5/17 concerning release of hydrocarbons and benzene
96304

2007-05-16
Point Source(s):
Bullet #6

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 30 pounds
Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

DEQ report states that the flaring is required, indicating that it is part of normal procedures
Letter written to rescind notification of 5/16 concerning release of SO2
96227

2007-05-15
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Nitrogen Oxide - BRQ
Nitrogen Dioxide - BRQ
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter written to rescind notification of 5/15 concerning release of SO2, NO, NO2
96051 / 96092

2007-05-10
Point Source(s):
#1 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Nitrogen Oxide - 24 pounds
Nitrogen Dioxide - 0
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Design

after renovation, a low point develops in flare line. Liquid accumulation is blown to flare during coker cycle blow down.
Letter written to rescind notification of 5/10 concerning release of SO2. Letter states that NO and NO2 were BRQ. Layout of the flare line is being checked to allow the plant to eliminate the problem
95928

2007-05-05
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

new flare gas recovery system that the compressor tripped on
Letter written to rescind notification of 5/5 concerning release of SO2. File includes flare assessment report for month of April.
95913

2007-05-04
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Hydrocarbon - 5 pounds
Cause of Problem: Weather

oil washed up from the sewers due to heavy rainfall
Letter written to rescind notification of 5/4 concerning release of hydrocarbons. Oil released was recovered and treated within the API separator. Contaminated soil treated for hydrocarbon removal and remaining residue manifested and properly disposed of.
95937

2007-05-04
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

shut the compressor down due to potential for significant refinery upset
Letter written to rescind notification of 5/4 concerning release of hydrocarbons
95843

2007-05-03
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 18 pounds
Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

small fire starts when hot coke ignites during coking process
Letter written to rescind notification of 5/3concerning release of VOC
95667

2007-04-26
Point Source(s):
Amine Regeneration System
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 75 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide - 75 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter sent to rescind notification of 4/26 concerning release of SO2
95689

2007-04-26
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 499 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter written to rescind notification of 4/26 concerning release of SO2
95667

2007-04-26
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Process Upset

No information given
95622

2007-04-25
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
DEQ voluntarily investigates site and takes SO2 readings. According to the report, the Chalmette Vista site had the highest 24hr average of SO2 that LDEQ has seen to date. There were 10 hrs of readings over 100 ppb with a final 24 hr avg of 108 ppb. The highest hourly reading was 248 ppb.
95652

2007-04-25
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Nitrogen Oxide - 17 pounds
Nitrogen Dioxide - 1 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide - 186 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter sent to rescind notification of 4/25 concerning release of SO2, NO, NO2, H2S,
95462

2007-04-19
Point Source(s):
Waste Gas Compressor

Pollutant(s):
Methane - 1,201 pounds
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes. natural gas was escaping from the natural gas supply regulator for the engine driver of the the Waste Gas Compressor.
operators attempted to stop the leak by adjusting the supply pressure. The compressor was shutdown and the gas supply header was isolated. Internal bladder replaced.
95467

2007-04-19
Point Source(s):
Orthoxylene Rundown tanks

Pollutant(s):
Orthoxylene - 685 pounds
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

leak on on an orthoxylene product line going to the orthoxylene rundown tanks due to external corrosion.
Repairs will be made to modify plugged line and execute a permanent seal welded repair during the next scheduled shut down. Letter sent to rescind notification of 4/19/07 concerning release of Orthoxylene
95446

2007-04-18
Point Source(s):
Continuous Catalyst Regenerator

Pollutant(s):
Hydrochloric Acid - 102 pounds
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

Leak developed in pipe within CCR, resulting in release of HCl
Leak was clamped.
95360

2007-04-15
Point Source(s):
Sox Scrubber Stack

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 265 pounds
Non-speciated Volatile Organic Compounds - 17,043 pounds
Particulate Matter - 4 pounds
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes. the FCC gas expander triggered a shutdown of the FCC. The pressure in the unit discharged to the atmosphere via the Sox scrubber stack.
Letter sent to rescind notification concerning release of SO2 and PM. Cleared the valves of catalyst. Expander was restarted at a reduced rate.
95178

2007-04-09
Point Source(s):
Benzene Recover Unit Tank

Pollutant(s):
Benzene - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

Benzene recovery unit tank leak due to external corrosion
A containment boom was placed on the visible liquid. Released liquids were recovered via vacuum truck.
No LDEQ Number Available

2007-04-07
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Benzene - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter sent to rescind notification of 4/07/07 concerning release of Benzene
94950

2007-03-28
Point Source(s):
#2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 425 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter sent to rescind notification of 3/28/07 concerning release of SO2
94825

2007-03-22
Point Source(s):
CRLLC Shipment

Pollutant(s):
Sludge - 64,000 pounds
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes. CRLLC accidentally sends hazardous waste to landfill
CRLLC promptly notified Woodside Landfill on 3/22/07. Woodside isolated the waste an implemented their waste rejection plan. By 3/24/07 PM, 440 tons of waste were containerized into 25 roll-off boxes, removed from the facility and transported for interim storage.
94692

2007-03-18
Point Source(s):
Gas Recovery Unit - # 1 flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 1,572 pounds
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes. #2 coker wet gas compressor and the GRU experienced pressure swings causing the temp. in the comp. to increase and shutdown.
control valve in the GRU was out of calibration. Control valve was sending false signals to the control room indicating that the valve was 100% open. The valve was replaced.
94536

2007-03-11
Point Source(s):
#2 Coker Unit

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 380 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes. Fire in the #2 Coker Unit.
Letter sent to rescind notification of 3/11/07 concerning release of SO2
94538

2007-03-11
Point Source(s):
Waste Gas Compressor

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 659 pounds
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

The WGC tripped due to low seal oil pressure
the charge rates on the #2 coker WGC were cut. The turbine main pump was restarted and is running in parallel with the auxiliary electric pump.
94461

2007-03-08
Point Source(s):
Tank 66

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

CRLLC inspects Tank 66 and discovers compacted material and holes at the bottom. Performs investigation.
File contains report from Arcadis, firm hired by ExxonMobil to perform soil assessment. Results of investigation indicate that releases were BRQ. DEQ letter of 10/24/07 states that the Tank 66 investigation will supplement results of an additional RFI assessment and will be evaluated. It is unclear what happens after this letter is received.
94247

2007-02-27
Point Source(s):
Number 1 Coker API Separator

Pollutant(s):
Heavy Gas Oil - 38 gallons
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

leak in an undergd line used to pump the Number 1 Coker API to the refinery API due to external corrosion
An engineered clamp was installed to repair the leak
94124

2007-02-22
Point Source(s):
WWTP Outfall 110

Pollutant(s):
Oily Effluent - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: Other

see notes. WWTP became upset due to recent high levels of contaminants entering the feed unit
Sheen of approx. 300 sq ft. Under investigation.
94017

2007-02-18
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter sent to rescind notification of 1/24/07 concerning release of SO2
93996

2007-02-15
Point Source(s):
Emergency Flare System

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 1,062 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

Under investigation
Sweet hydrocarbon gas streams were routed to the flare to reduce the flaring of the sour hydrocarbon gas streams. HDS-rate was lowered to reduce the off-gas rate to the WGS.
93908

2007-02-12
Point Source(s):
Cat Feed Hdyrotreater Unit (CFHT) / EPN 28

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 3,249 pounds
Cause of Problem: Seal or Gasket

CFHT shutdown due to a short in the wiring system. The compressor k-7702 had blown a gasket. The unit depressurized through the emergency flare
Feed to the CFHT was reduced and the k-7702 compressor was manually isolated. The unit was depressurized to the flare system, ending the incident. CRLLC sends another letter indicating on 3/22 indicating that investigation continues and revisions to prior reports are pending the results.
93700

2007-02-03
Point Source(s):
Emergency Flare System

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 784 pounds
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

operator adjusted cooling water system, leading to a shut down of the Waste Gas System Compressor K-400
Sweet hydrocarbon gas streams were routed to the flare to reduce the flaring of the sour hydrocarbon gas streams. The WGS was restarted and reloaded. CRLLC will reinforce training of operators on the impact of adjustments to the cooling water system.
No LDEQ Number Available

2007-02-03
Point Source(s):
Waste Gas Compressor / Emergency Flare System

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 784 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

The WGS compressor k-400 shutdown due to an operational adj. that caused high jacket water temp. Sour hydorcarbons were detected
Sweet hydrocarbon gas streams were routed to the flare to reduce the flaring of the sour hydrocarbon gas streams. The WGS was restarted and reloaded.
93451

2007-01-24
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - 781 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter sent to rescind notification of 1/24/07 concerning release of VOC
93412

2007-01-21
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Nitrogen Oxide - BRQ
Nitrogen Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter sent to rescind notification of 1/21/07 concerning release of NO and NO2
93419

2007-01-21
Point Source(s):
Coker B Drum

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - 647 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide - 0 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide - 10 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter sent to rescind notification of 1/21/07 concerning release of VOC and SO2
93384

2007-01-19
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 10 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter sent to rescind notification of 1/21/07 concerning release of SO2
93362

2007-01-18
Point Source(s):
Number 1 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Smoke - BRQ
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter sent to rescind notification of 1/18/07 concerning release of smoke.
93337

2007-01-17
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - 0 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide - 3 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter sent to rescind notification of 1/17/07 concerning release of VOCs and SO2
93247

2007-01-12
Point Source(s):
Coker 2 B Drum

Pollutant(s):
Petroleum Coke - 3,900 pounds
Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

CRLLC was cutting the pilot hole in the coke w/in Coker 2 B Drum and the high pressure water hit some coke. A mixture of steam and coke dust came out of the top and blew off site.
Under investigation. Measures will be taken based on results of investigation.
93240

2007-01-11
Point Source(s):
#2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

#2 prefractionator tower bottoms level controller malfunctioned causing resulted in venting to #2 flare
Refinery has issued a work order to repair the Prefractionator Tower bottoms level controller (741C012)
No LDEQ Number Available

2007-01-11
Point Source(s):
# 2 Crude Unit

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Instrument Failure

#2 prefactionator tower bottom level controller malfunctioned which resulted in venting to the #2 flare
93199

2007-01-10
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - 2 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter sent to rescind notification of 1/10/07 concerning release of H2S
93200

2007-01-10
Point Source(s):
1st Stage Fin Fan E2415 tube

Pollutant(s):
Nitrogen Oxide - 1 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds - 469 pounds
Nitrogen Dioxide - 0 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide - 194 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide - 25 pounds
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

leak in tube on 1st stage fin fan
Root cause analysis initiated. Tube has been sent offsite for analysis. Measures will be taken based on result of analysis.
93101

2007-01-07
Point Source(s):
Sulfur Recovery Unit

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

the governor control arm was sticking which caused a problem with the blower.
Initial report indicates emissions were: SO2 - 500 lbs and H2S - 100 lbs, but letter from Chalmette states that further investigation indicates amt released of both substances was 0 lbs. Follow-up letter adjusts emissions to numbers listed here.
93102

2007-01-06
Point Source(s):
Exchanger E2321 on 2nd Stage Effluent Cooler of Hydrocracker Unit

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - 50 pounds
Light Oil - 49 gallons
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

leak in the tube sheet on the E2321 Exchanger
CRLLC will replace Exchanger E2321 with an upgraded new exchanger.