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Placid Refining (2366), Port Allen

Releases in 2008

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source/Release CauseNotes
111650

2008-12-28
Point Source(s):
No Information Given

Pollutant(s):
No Information Given - 0
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

The cat gas hydrotreater was shutdown as a result of the FCC unit shutdown and this failure resulted in flaring during startup.
Heat tracing has been installed on the discharge flow transmitters.
111650

2008-12-28
Point Source(s):
FLARE

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

no information given
Due to the FCC unit being down the Hydroheater had to shut down which caused flaring during start up.
111382

2008-12-12
Point Source(s):
No Information Given

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

the power failure is due to a failed circuit breaker. this power failure resulted in upset conditions in several Placid's process units. These upset conditions caused necessary heavy flaring until the units be could returned to the normal operations. Also the power failure caused a flange to leak in FCCU.
electrical department fixed the failed circuit breaker. Working to redesign the breaker in question.
111382

2008-12-12
Point Source(s):
FLARE FCCU/Flange Leak

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

Failed circuit breaker
Facility's electrical department is working to redesign breaker
110039

2008-10-13
Point Source(s):
Vacuum gas oil line

Pollutant(s):
Asphalt Resin - 0 pounds
Butane - 0 pounds
Light Vacuum Gas Oil - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

Operator error
Report states 'undetermined amounts' of pollutants emittedFire, water, and other materials that were not consumed were collected inside the curbed process and routed to Placid's waste water treatment facility.
109577

2008-09-24
Point Source(s):
FLARE

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

Sulfur recovery unit out of service
Sour water off-gases with Hydrogen Sulfide being flared while sulfur recovery unit down. Incident #109595 serves as follow up and sour gases taken out of flare and put back into sulfur recovery unit 9/25/2008.
109177

2008-09-16
Point Source(s):
None Reported
Pollutant(s):
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

N/A, unit start-up is a normal occurrence.
109177

2008-09-16
Point Source(s):
FLARE w/smoke

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

Start up of FCC unit
no information given
No LDEQ Number Available

2008-09-01
Point Source(s):
waste water treatment plant

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

Torrential rains associated with Hurricane Gustave caused in Placid's waste water treatment facility resulting in sheen on the Missippi river.
remedical actions taken, or to be taken to stop unauthorized discharges or recover pollutants.
No Information Given

2008-09-01
Point Source(s):
Wastewater treatment facility

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

STORMS-Torrential associated with Hurricane Gustav
Rain caused upset in facilitys waste water treatment facility causing visible oil sheen on the Mississippi
109744

2008-09-01
Point Source(s):
Flare

Pollutant(s):
No Information Given - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: Start Up, Shut Down

Power failure caused unplanned shutdown/start up which caused flaring
no information given
108388

2008-08-26
Point Source(s):
Valve on heat exchanger

Pollutant(s):
Smoke - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

Maintenance error during turnaround
Vent line valve left open causing crude to ignite. Reiterated startup procedures to operators
107894

2008-08-01
Point Source(s):
Wastewater treatment facility

Pollutant(s):
Oil - 236 pounds
Cause of Problem: Weather

Torrential rains caused waste water bypass
Placid's contract response organization was activated to respond to any potential discharge resulting from this bypass.
105780

2008-05-20
Point Source(s):

Flare at #2 Sulfur Plant

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 2,606 pounds
- 0 pounds
- 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: Instrument Failure

Instrument failure lead to an upset in Placid's #2 Sulfur Plant requiring acid gas be sent to the flare.
Replaced instrument in question. PLacid's flare does not have a permit limit for sulfur dioxide.
105780

2008-05-20
Point Source(s):
FLARE

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 2,606 pounds
Cause of Problem: Instrument Failure

Instrumentation failure caused acid gas to be sent to flare
Placid's instrument dept. put the failed instrument in question
105638

2008-05-15
Point Source(s):
Wastewater treatment facility

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

Torrential rains
Torrential rains overwhelmed the waste water treament system causing necessary temporary bypass
105345

2008-05-04
Point Source(s):
Gasoline Storage Tank #67

Pollutant(s):
Gasoline - 52,500 gallons
Cause of Problem: Human Factors

Operator error
Refinery states that they are taking steps to enhance automatic tank monitoring to allow for redundant alarm and control mechanism. One worker had a bruised shoulder during cleanup.
102417

2008-01-18
Point Source(s):
No Information Given

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

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Hydrocarbon contamination to soil. Majority of material removed from soil and will be disposed of in accordance with applicable regulations.
109231

2007-09-16
Point Source(s):
Boiler water system

Pollutant(s):
Oil Sheen - 0
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

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Boiler water system was isolated from the river and source is being investigated and will be repaired.