Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Mission: Zero Accidents. Why Cooperation to Reduce Accidents at Louisiana Refineries is Needed Now. Report has the objective to end refinery accidents.
- At issue with the accident reports from 2012 (the most recent data available) is underreporting by refineries as well as sloppy reporting. Refineries provided no information about 11% of their accidents. In Shreveport, 12% of Calumet Refining’s reports were not filed until community members called the state agency and forced the reporting.
- “It is essential that refinery incidents get reported because that is one of the first steps in protecting the employees and the community,” said USW International Vice President Gary Beevers. Accident emissions have increased over the last several years.
- "There is nothing more fundamental for workers' and communities' right-to-know than a robust system of reporting chemical releases, and making the data easily available," noted Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, policy co-chair of the Occupational Health & Safety Section, American Public Health Association. "LABB's report confirms what workers and residents have known for years----petrochemical companies too often skirt the laws for reporting serious incidents."
Other issues with 2012 Reporting and LDEQ Inspections
FACT: DEQ has access to CEMS data upon request. There is a recent request from residents for a copy of this particular CEMS data from the community meeting. Notes from the community and CAP meetings indicate several air permit exceedances, including: sulfur dioxide at the sulfur recovery unit at 500 ppm (permit limit 150 ppm), hydrogen sulfide at fuel drum 300 ppm (permit limit 162 ppm), and over 1,000 pounds of sulfur at the flares. CAP meeting information is not made available to the public. .