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Chalmette Refining (1376), Chalmette

Releases in 2008

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source/Release CauseNotes
111385

2008-12-11
Point Source(s):
No information given

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

No information given
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
111122

2008-11-28
Point Source(s):
Desalter relief valve header piping

Pollutant(s):
Crude Oil - 1,100 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds - 9 pounds
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

desalter relief valve header piping developed aleak
Release was isolated, line depressurized and scanned, and a clamp was installed. As of 12/1/08 the line was back in service
110959

2008-11-21
Point Source(s):
Light ends plant de-propanizer overhead condenser

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

leak from light ends plant de-propanizer overhead condenser
CRLLC shutdown the LEP ending the leak. Under investigation. 12/15 letter rescinds prior notification.
110843

2008-11-18
Point Source(s):
#1 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

start up of the alkylation unit
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
110840

2008-11-17
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Other

tank vent has floating roof which caused tank vent to open
Incident involved change in tank service. Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
110777

2008-11-13
Point Source(s):
Tank 68

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

see notes
During cleaning and inspection of Tank 68, CRLLC personnel found small holes at bottom, but no indication of a release.
110720

2008-11-09
Point Source(s):
No information given

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

No information given
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
110719

2008-11-09
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

scheduled shut down of the alkylation unit
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
110661

2008-11-07
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Benzene - 0 pounds
Xylene - 2 pounds
Cause of Problem: Weather

a 5 gallon bucket used to catch leaks of released liquids from threads in piping blew over.
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
110581

2008-11-04
Point Source(s):
Outfall 001

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

leak from overhead exchanger
CRLLC isolated the deethanizer overhead exchanger and stopped the release to atmosphere
110547

2008-11-01
Point Source(s):
Catfeed Hydrotreater Unit

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

developed a leak on C7715, rich DGA flash drum at nozzle weld
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
110493

2008-10-30
Point Source(s):
Sulfur Recovery unit THOX stack

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

lost a burner during start up of THOX
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
110391

2008-10-25
Point Source(s):
#1 Flare

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

upset condition in a process unit
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
110004

2008-10-10
Point Source(s):
Once Through Cooling Water System

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Other

heat exchanger leaking
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
109954

2008-10-08
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
109831

2008-10-06
Point Source(s):
LGO line

Pollutant(s):
Diesel Fuel - 64 gallons
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

diesel leak from piping on the Coker Light Gas Oil line. Overpressuring in piping caused components to loosen
Line was isolated to stop leak. Vacuum truck recovered released liquids. Training on the interaction of two hot streams with an ambient temperature stream in a common pipe was discussed with the operators
109521

2008-09-23
Point Source(s):
Outfall 003

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

tube leak on overhead exchanger
Shut down the cooling unit and isolated the exchangers. Letter states that emissions were BRQ. Verbal report indicates emission of 1000 lbs of compressed gas.
108944

2008-09-12
Point Source(s):
Flare #2

Pollutant(s):
Benzene - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Sulfur Dioxide - 6,180 pounds
Nitrous Oxide - BRQ
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Weather

Hurricane Ike causes a scaffold to fall and damage a power line. Power outage causes shut down of Crude 1 and Crude 2 Units
108882

2008-09-11
Point Source(s):
No information given

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

pressure safety valve released
No Information Given
108881

2008-09-07
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

Flaring due to refinery start up
DEQ report sans corresponding CRLLC letter
108502

2008-09-03
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Weather

shut down damage and stary up of refinery due to Gustav
Planned and controlled release due to leak in Alky Isostripper, need to depressure the vessel to flare
108648

2008-09-02
Point Source(s):
Facility Sewers

Pollutant(s):
Oil - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Weather

due to Hurricane Gustav, facility sewers backed up
Liquids were vacuum truck recovered
108492

2008-08-31
Point Source(s):
outfall 004 and 110 at wastewater treatment plant

Pollutant(s):
Non compliant pH - 11,655,000 gallons
Cause of Problem: Weather

bypass of WWTP due to hurricane discharged into Lake Borgne Basin
Untreated wastewter discharge
No LDEQ Number Available

2008-08-30
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 671,171 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide - 1,506 pounds
Nitrogen Oxide - 1,024 pounds
Liquid Hydrocarbons - 72 gallons
Cause of Problem: Weather

shutting down units due to hurricane
All incidents grouped in one report concerning activities surrounding start up and shut down near the arrival of Hurricane Gustav. CRLLC reports requesting a variance for all emissions resulting from these events.
108453

2008-08-29
Point Source(s):
No information given

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

shutting down units due to hurricane
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
108416

2008-08-28
Point Source(s):
HDS Unit

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

No information given -leak in fin fans
Claims emission was below RQ.
108408

2008-08-28
Point Source(s):
Crude Oil Tank
No information given

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

No information given
According to letter, calculation of emission amount is pending
108528

2008-08-20
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
Benzene - BRQ
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Volatile Organic Compounds - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Weather

shutting down units due to hurricane
No Information Given
108123

2008-08-16
Point Source(s):
thermal oxidizer stack

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

No information given - train trippedÉhit switch to train oneÉtrain one become overloaded
Claims emission was below RQ.
108060

2008-08-15
Point Source(s):
number one pump around

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

-- piping leak on number one pump around
Claims emission was below RQ.
107890

2008-08-08
Point Source(s):
Sour Water line depropanizer feed surge drumlevel controller at the LEP

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

leak on the sour water line
Claims emission was below RQ.
107866

2008-08-04
Point Source(s):
Tank 305 and 307 Crude Terminal

Pollutant(s):
Compressed Flammable Gas - 2,269 pounds
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

during start up of Coker 2 planned maintenance abypass on a control valve was left open.
Preventability stated as NA, but Human Factors as a cause tells us it was preventable
108301

2008-08-02
Point Source(s):
Sulfur Recovery unit THOX stack

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 5,454 pounds
Cause of Problem: Instrument Failure

the air demand analyzer became plugged and a breaker was switched off
Issued a work order to investigate equipment. Unable to confirm if workers bumped the breaker. Reported as a Tail Gas Incident. Letter of 10/24 includes checks to the DoJ and LDEQ as paymt of penalty for incident.
107279

2008-07-17
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 734 pounds
Cause of Problem: Instrument Failure

the level controller on the slurry pump around system malfunction and the FCC fractionator overpressured
Corrected the level indicator
107088

2008-07-09
Point Source(s):
No information given

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

No information given
Claims emission was below RQ.
107015

2008-07-06
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Claims emission was below RQ.
107017

2008-07-06
Point Source(s):
flange on the Number 3 Reformer Exchanger leaking at the channel head

Pollutant(s):
Benzene - 22 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds - 700 pounds
Cause of Problem: Equipment Design

flange leak, cause investigation is ongoing; design on the face of the gasket surface of the exchanger.
Lowered the system pressure to help mitigate the leak and shutdown the Unit.
106853

2008-06-30
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Butane - 4,124 pounds
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

-leak on underground piping
Claims emission was below RQ 5000 lbs.
106624

2008-06-23
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given. Report states that materials release were Below Reportable Quantities.
Claims emission was below reportable quantity. Released liquids were recovered via vacuum truck for appropriate reprocessing. On site impacted soil is being excavated and containerized. LEDQ conducted Field visit on 3/31/10 to follow-up on incident. Follow-up report received by LDEQ on 5/1/2010 explaining process for determining that release from incident was BRQ. No information in initial or follow-up reports specifying contents of materials released.
106452

2008-06-14
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Benzene - 4 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Liquids recovered for reprocessing and impacted soil was removed for disposal. Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
106400

2008-06-12
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Crude Oil - 4 gallons
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

corrosion on relief line
Oil captured in refinery storm drain and treated/recovered. Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
106252

2008-06-07
Point Source(s):
Low Sulfur Diesel Loading Line

Pollutant(s):
Low sulfur diesel - 213 pounds
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

leak in the the Low Sulfur Diesel Loading line
CRLLC immediately introduced water to the line to displace the product in the line which stopped the release of hydrocarbons. Replaced corroded section of line with new piping. Previously inaccessible areas are now opent to routine inspection
106153

2008-06-04
Point Source(s):
Chemical loading rack

Pollutant(s):
Xylene - 6 pounds
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

sump at chemical loading rack has a crack
Upon discovery, released liquids were recovered via vacuum truck for appropriate reprocessing. Liquids recovered for reprocessing. Soil impacted removed for proper disposal.
106122

2008-06-03
Point Source(s):
Train 1 Reaction furnace

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - 222 pounds
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

hairline crack in a weld where the side port nozzle enters the Train 1 Reaction furnace. SRU operations were adjusted to minimize emissions from this crack.
Inspectors analyzed the area of the leak and a repair plan has been initiated. SRU operations were adjusted to minimize emissions.
106052

2008-06-01
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
105915

2008-05-23
Point Source(s):
#2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 922 pounds
Cause of Problem: Other

excess light material in the feed stream caused the Crude 2 Atmospheric Tower to over pressure. CRLLC began processing a new type of crude that caused the upset.
CRLLC reduced the Crude 2 Feed rate and made adjustments to the feed rate to reduce the pressure in the atmospheric tower and in the Prefractionator Tower.
105733

2008-05-19
Point Source(s):
Transfer run down line

Pollutant(s):
Xylene - 58 pounds
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

Transfer run down line from xylene unit to tank leaked
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
104942

2008-04-20
Point Source(s):
Vacuum Truck

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

No information given
Sludge was cleaned up with absorbent pads and the roadway within the facility was washed down with soapy water. Sludge was disposed of in the sludge tank.
104939

2008-04-20
Point Source(s):
SRU Train 1 Acid Gas Burner assembly

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - 116 pounds
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

internal corrosion from acid gas condensation is suspected to have caused the leak on the underside of the gas burner assembly.
SRU operator switched the combustion source from oxygen to air to stop the flow of acid gas through the portion of the acid gas burner assembly where the leak occurred. Metallurgy of nozzle will be be reevaluated for service and it is planned that the nozzle will be replaced during the late 2008 turnaround.
104685

2008-04-11
Point Source(s):
Paraxylene line from Tank D6343 to Tank D2

Pollutant(s):
Paraxylene - 239 pounds
Cause of Problem: Corrosion

leak in a paraxylene line from Tank D6343 to Tank D2
Upon discovery, line between the tanks was removed from service and the transfer of paraxylene was stopped. All released liquids were recovered via vacuum truck for appropriate reprocessing. Impacted soil was excavated and containerized for disposal. Temporary clamp used to minimize the leak until a permanent clamp could be manufactured.
103991

2008-03-17
Point Source(s):
Storage Tank

Pollutant(s):
Fuel Additive - 37 gallons
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
103974

2008-03-15
Point Source(s):
No information given

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

high winds blew a tarp into a power line; cooling water pumps were lost
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
103563

2008-03-01
Point Source(s):
Emergency Flare System

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 1,026 pounds
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

operator over-adjusted flow to the inter-stage cooler after receiving a high temperature alarm on the Process Gas Compressor
When PGC lost suction, the board operator immediately directed the outside gas operator to decrease the cooling water flow. The intercooler temperature returned to normal operating range and the PGC was able to compress and pump the process gases again
103437

2008-02-26
Point Source(s):
No information given

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

power failure in FCC Unit
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
103293

2008-02-21
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
103126

2008-02-17
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - 1 pounds
Nitrogen Oxide - 11 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds - 31 pounds
Carbon Monoxide - 60 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide - 231 pounds
Particulate Matter - 3 pounds
Cause of Problem: Maintenance/Procedures

conducting functionality test for acid evacuation system. On of vent valves opened to flare.
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
103125

2008-02-17
Point Source(s):
Tank 6308

Pollutant(s):
Diesel Fuel - 1,633,391 pounds
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

transfer was not shut down as scheduled so tank 6308 overflowed during diesel transfer from Tank 408
Released liquids were recovered via vacuum truck for reprocessing. Onsite impacted soil is being excavated and containerized for disposal. Additional mitigation steps will be implemented during tank-to-tank transfers at the refinery. Specific actions are currently being developed as part of the investigation.
No LDEQ Number Available

2008-02-12
Point Source(s):
1st Stage High Pressure Separator on the Hydrocracker Unit

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Compressed Flammable Gas - 1,388 pounds
Cause of Problem: Weather

; thermal stress from start up and shut down, along with cold rain that occurred on the day the leak was detected caused a flange to leak
CRLLC sends letter to rescind prior notification of H2S release.
102968

2008-02-10
Point Source(s):
FCC Fractionator Overhead Receiver

Pollutant(s):
Hydrogen Sulfide - 236 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds - 9,826 pounds
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

process gases escaped to the atmosphere through the FCC Fractionator because gas in the flare gas header was allowed to reach the overhead receiver due to inadequate isolation between the two systems
CRLLC immediately closed the valve on the Overhead Receiver and conducted a check of all the remaining valves on the unit to verify that all the valves were closed.
102953

2008-02-08
Point Source(s):
No information given

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 3 pounds
Diesel Fuel - 71 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds - 0 pounds
Nitrogen Oxide - 1 pounds
Carbon Monoxide - 0 pounds
Particulate Matter - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: Seal or Gasket

pump seal failed on G8111 at the #2 Coker causing a fire
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
102908

2008-02-07
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

No information given
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
102818

2008-02-04
Point Source(s):
#2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 1,205 pounds
Cause of Problem: Process Upset

excess light material in the feed stream caused the Depropanizer Tower to experience processing difficulties that resulted in a pressure increase in the Tower.
Operators reduced the feed rate to the Debutanizer Tower and cut back the production of overhead liquids from other units supplying the Light Ends Plant
No LDEQ Number Available

2008-02-01
Point Source(s):
16 inch upriver loading arm

Pollutant(s):
Crude Oil - 6 pounds
Cause of Problem: Piping or Tubing

a vacuum breaker line failed causing release of crude from barge into Mississippi
Wharf personnel immediately ceased unloading of the cargo and closed all valves on the transfer line. Absorbent booms deployed.
102577

2008-01-25
Point Source(s):
#2 Flare

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 1,461 pounds
Cause of Problem: Other

liquid from Crude 2 Stabilizer Overhead Receiver carried over into the Waste Gas System Line and froze, plugging the line and initiating a series of problems.
CRLLC repaired the level indicator and changed the alarm points on the gas line to the WGS reducing the probability of such an event and enabling faster identification of such an event. The combined activities will prevent future plugging of the line.
102542

2008-01-24
Point Source(s):
Frac Tank

Pollutant(s):
Wash Water - 50 gallons
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

two hoses draining wash water from a Frac Tank to the industrial sewer system allowed wash water to seep through the sides
Upon discovery, draining activities were suspended. Released liquids were recovered via vacuum truck and properly containerized for dispsal.
No LDEQ Number Available

2008-01-24
Point Source(s):
WWTP Clearwell

Pollutant(s):
Oily Effluent - 1 pounds
Cause of Problem: Process Upset

WWTP in upset condition causes release of effluent through Outfal 110
CRLLC immediately shut down discharge pumps and diverted the WWTP Clearwell effluent back to the API. The sheen dissipated immediately. CRLLC is performing additional visual and chemical analysis of the feed to the API. Once a shift CRLLC is collecting and analyzing samples and has reduced the drain rate of the feed to the WWTP.
102499

2008-01-21
Point Source(s):
Vacuum Truck

Pollutant(s):
Wash Water - 1,470 gallons
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

vacuum truck driver noticed a connection leaking and when he tried to fix it, the connection came completely apart spilling product from truck.
CRLLC has reviewed the circumstances and correct procedures with all vacuum truck drivers
102455

2008-01-19
Point Source(s):
Flare

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

taking a flare out of service because they have to burn product out so they can install blinds
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
102436

2008-01-18
Point Source(s):
Flare

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

taking a flare out of service because they have to burn product out so they can install blinds at the FCC
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.
102423

2008-01-18
Point Source(s):
Baker Frac Tank

Pollutant(s):
Wash Water - 1,500 gallons
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

operator failed to turn off a waste water return pump resulting in an overflow of the Baker Tank
CRLLC revised the procedure and trained personnel that both pumps must be shut down when cleaning is not occurring. CRLLC is also requiring that 30 minute rounds be performed to check the levels in the Baker Frac Tanks. Area lighting was also improved to allow better monitoring of tank levels. Released liquids were recovered with a vacuum truck.
102088

2008-01-04
Point Source(s):
No information given

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

Vacuum compressor at #1 crude tripped
Letter states that emissions were BRQ.