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Alon Refining (3116), Krotz Springs

Releases in 2009

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source/Release CauseNotes
118242

2009-09-27
Point Source(s):
FLARE

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

The refinery units had problems with their FCCU wet gas compressors during start up; this caused ongoing flaring.
The fire department has been called, and the incident was secured within a few hours. Verbal report only, no written report from the refinery. No information given on quantities.
117848

2009-09-09
Point Source(s):
Pump, Tank Farm Area 18

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) - 16 pounds
Hydrocarbon - 0 pounds
Particulate Matter 10 - 8 pounds
Nitric Oxide - 1 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide - 3 pounds
Carbon Monoxide - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: No Information Given

Small pump fire and spill in the tank farm area 18.
The spill was cleaned up.
117771

2009-09-04
Point Source(s):
flare

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) - 381 pounds
Nitrogen Oxide - 101 pounds
Nitrogen Dioxide - 11 pounds
Carbon Monoxide - 224 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide - BRQ
Sulfur Dioxide - BRQ
Benzene - 19 pounds
n-Hexane - 134 pounds
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

Crude unit upset resulted in intermittent flaring from 3 different process vessels.
Reduced rates and shutdown isomerzation and LRU unit to minimize flaring until flow rates could be stabilized. Same issue as the release on the previous day.
117731

2009-09-03
Point Source(s):
flare

Pollutant(s):
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) - 478 pounds
Nitrogen Oxide - 210 pounds
Nitrogen Dioxide - 23 pounds
Carbon Monoxide - 465 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide - 0 pounds
n-Hexane - 275 pounds
Benzene - 38 pounds
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

Crude unit upset caused flaring from 3 different process vessels.
Reduced rates and shutdown isomerzation and LRU unit to minimize flaring until flow rates could be stabilized.
116654

2009-07-22
Point Source(s):
Boiler stack

Pollutant(s):
Gas Oil - 9,438 pounds
Hydrogen Sulfide - 1 pounds
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) - 701 pounds
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

While turning the Boiler B-8203, the contractor identified potential burner problem that could be causing a small amount of uncombusted fuel gas to be flowing through out the stack with the combusted fuel gas.
Cut back boiler and steamed burners to attempt a fix, with limited success. Shut down boiler and repaired burner.
79911

2009-06-17
Point Source(s):
Crude Flare EIQ Number 8-78
FCC Unit Flare EIQ Number 5-85, FCC Flue Gas Stack Unit EIQ Number 1-85

Pollutant(s):
Nitrous Oxide - 81 pounds
Nitrous Oxide - 0 pounds
Cause of Problem: Weather

Temporary loss of electricity due to stormy weather. Entire refinery shutdown. Subsequent problems restarting boilers resulted in delayed start up.
Report indicates that the power failure was unforeseen and therefore unpreventable. The 92 hour release was periodic in nature. The units were shut down and power restored.
111872

2009-01-07
Point Source(s):
FCC Flare 5-85

Pollutant(s):
Sulfur Dioxide - 11,067 pounds
Cause of Problem: Process Upset

Incident occurred when a line plugged causing the pressure relief system to divert ATS acid gas to the FCC Flare.
Full RCA to be completed by 3/7/09