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Honeywell (289, 183605), Baton Rouge

Releases in 2006

LDEQ Accident Number
Accident Date
Point Source/Release CauseNotes

Point Source(s):

Trifluoroethane - 0
Pentafluoroethane - 0
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

The chemical backed up into the nitrogen header from the intermobile container (ISO). The release was possibly the result of a failed valve. The blend's trade name is AZ-50, and includes trifluoroethyane and pentafluoroethane.
The refinery suspended activity for the day. At the time of the SPOC report, the refinery was uncertain whether or not the release reached RQ. Amount of Trifluoroethane and Pentafluoroethane released is unknown.

Point Source(s):

chlorotrifluoroethylene - 0
Cause of Problem: Under Investigation

The caller to SPOC stated that a valve appeared to have been left open during sampling of chlorotrifluoroethylene, a refrigerant.
Invesetigation is still preliminary at this time. Unknown if event exceeds RQ. Amount of chlorotrifluoroethylene released is unknown.

Point Source(s):


Dichlorotrifluoroethane - BRQ
Chloroform - BRQ
Cause of Problem: Equipment Failure

Someone noticed a temperature change in one of the processes in the plant, which led this person to check a relief valve. The relief valve, which is on top of the #1 Chloroform Storage Condenser, was leaking. Both of the possible chemicals released would have evaporated before they hit the ground. None of the air monitors 15 ft below the condenser went off.
The relief valve reseated after the incident. Honeywell is continuing to investigate what exactly was released. Amount of dichlorotrifluoroethane and chloroform released is unknown.