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Chalmette Refining (1376), Chalmette

Citizen Complaints in 2008

LDEQ Accident Number
Complaint Date
Notes
102703

1/30/2008
Description: bad chemical odors

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: SO2 reading above 100ppb at Algiers AAM site site, however, refinery states that all operations were normal

Investigation Delay: 120

Accident Report Filed:

102623

1/26/2008
Description: smell is very bad, permeates into house

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: no incidents at the refinery, refinery states that there were normal operations, complaintant states her house was closed up because she was on vacation

Investigation Delay: 90

Accident Report Filed:

102524

1/23/2008
Description: smell is very bad, permeates into house and is giving complaintant a headache

Health Effects: headache

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: spoke to CCRLLC, there were no incidents at time of complaint, talked to complaintant

Investigation Delay: 120

Accident Report Filed:

102323

1/16/2008
Description: terrible odors blowing across river to complaintant's home in New Orleans

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: plant is in maintenance, plant is in shutdown/startup

Investigation Delay: 12

Accident Report Filed:

102346

1/12/2008
Description: strong SO2 odor, SO2 analyzer and PM 2.5 analyzers indicated above average readings, ongoing problems with black soot falling from sky, also have prevailing odors

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: Chalmette Carbon stated facility was offline and not operating, Chalmette Refinery's voluntary notification stated that there were odors coming from the vicinity of the #1 Coker Coke Barn, informed that additioanl water was put on coke to cool it and

Investigation Delay: Same Day

Accident Report Filed: 102346

102155

1/8/2008
Description: very bad odor in air, caller wants to make sure it's safe, lots of petroleum coke dust everywhere, if touched, stains like ink

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: no in

LDEQ Notes: no information

Investigation Delay: 60

Accident Report Filed: 102346

102082

1/6/2008
Description: black sooty film all over

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: no in

LDEQ Notes: no information

Investigation Delay: 60

Accident Report Filed: 102346

103169

2/18/2008
Description: extremely loud refinery noise

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: duration of noise was brief and ended the same day, noise associated with FCC start up

Investigation Delay: 24

Accident Report Filed:

102965

2/8/2008
Description: strong gas odors emitting from ExxonMobil/Chalmette facility

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: based on a review of the refinery log, there were no reported releases on the day of the complaint not did they receive any citizen odor complaints, they were conducting a turnaround at the FCC Unit but there were no reports of unusual odors related

Investigation Delay: 40

Accident Report Filed:

102835

2/4/2008
Description: wind blowing from SE…bad chemical smell

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: Chalmette Vista ambient air site did have above average SO2 readings from 11:00 til 17:00, both Cil and Chalmette refinery stated that they were operating normally with no start ups, shut downs or malfunction events

Investigation Delay: 8

Accident Report Filed:

104907

4/19/2008
Description: strong fuel smell from Murphy Oil

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: plant sent out their odor patrol, found some mild odors at the waste water plant, odors were reported to be mild and normal for the operation of the waste water plant, no human error found

Investigation Delay: Same Day

Accident Report Filed:

104455

4/3/2008
Description: old school downtown, now spreading mud, when it dries, dust going offsite, no fencing

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: site visit found site to be deserted and fenced, no blowing sand, Murphy portion of contract was completed and another company was going to build a school at that site, Murphy Oil has similar name and is located close to Murphy Construction Co, but t

Investigation Delay: Same Day

Accident Report Filed:

106303

6/9/2008
Description: big cloud of smoke coming out of Chalmette Refinery-Mobil when fire stack was on, a lot of blue colored smoke slowing across St. Bernard Hwy

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: Chalmette was in normal operation with no upsets reported, suggest that Calciner Industries (CII) was experiencing a problem with their cogeneration turbine, because of upset condition, CII was using a bypass stick and not scrubbing for sulfur dioxid

Investigation Delay: 2

Accident Report Filed:

106204

6/5/2008
Description:

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: left message with complaintant acknowledging receipt of complaint and that Chalmette reported no releases, upsets, or unusual events during the time frame of his complaint

Investigation Delay: 81

Accident Report Filed:

107238

7/12/2008
Description: very bad fuel smell at Riverland Dr. and Indiana St

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: all units operating normally, no gasoline blending nor was the refinery in the coker cycle, stated that TNMOC alarm at the high school went off on 7/12, TNMOC concentration trigger value measured 4 ppm, no upsets occurred that would correlate to the

Investigation Delay: 17

Accident Report Filed:

110364

10/25/2008
Description: complaintant states that a fire occurred at Exxon Refinery, huge flames and dark smoke visible, didn't appear to be a flare

Health Effects:

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: Refinery had a problem in one of the process units resulting in an upset condition, unit was secured and product was sent to No. 1 flare, there was a grass fire underneath the flare and it was extinguished

Investigation Delay: 8

Accident Report Filed:

111247

12/4/2008
Description: complaintant noticed choking smell from Murphy Oil tanks for several years - makes eyes water as well - concerned chemicals may be causing cancer in area

Health Effects: makes eyes water

LDEQ Followup: yes

LDEQ Notes: spoke with Murphy representative, no odor complaint calls received, no releases were verified and that they did have a brief flare for approx 8-9 minutes

Investigation Delay: Same Day

Accident Report Filed: