November 2012 November 2013
October 2012 October 2013
September 2012 September 2013 September 2014
August 2012 August 2013 August 2014
June 2012 June 2013
May 2012 May 2013
April 2012 April 2013
March 2012 March 2013
February 2012 February 2013 February 2014
January 2012 January 2013 January 2014
North Flare CEMs data, steam interfered with CEMs
Correct FCC unit Nox
2013 LDEQ Reports
2012 LDEQ reports
Incident Reports 2012
EPA consent decree and final order in Matter of Valero's crude unit fire July 2012
2011 LDEQ reports
Incident Reports 2011
offsite health effects, odor logs, incidents
2012 Offsite Logs:
Residents offsite log November 21 to January 13 2013
Residents Offsite log October 16 to November 20 2012
Residents Offsite log September to October
Residents Offsite log August to September
Residents Offsite log June to August
Residents Offsite log May to June
Residents Offsite Log April to May
Residents Offsite log March to April
Residents Offsite log for Feb to March
Residents Offsite log Jan to Feb
Residents offsite log early December 2011 to Jan 2012
2012 Valero incident reports to CAP meeting:
Report for August 2012
Report for June 2012
Report for May 2012
Report for April 2012
Report for March 2012
Report for Februrary 2012
Report for January 2012
Report for December 2011
2012 Air Quality Readings
2012 Valero excess emissions
2nd Quarter 2012
1st Quarter 2012
April 3rd 2012 Rain Event emergency flaring at Valero after lightning strike
after power outage
2012 flaring and other offsite effects reports
2012 power outages
2011 flaring and other offsite effects reports
January - June 2012
Dec 2nd crude oil to river at dock
11_08 hydrogen sulfide present, north flare deep orange, feeling nauseated
Nov 1 2012 hyjet leak
10_31 strong nasty odor causing sinus problems and headache
10_31 flaring and associated odors
10_13 both flares in use and strong syrup odor
10_11 & 10_12 1am steaming noises waking up neighbors
10_09_2012 hyddrocarbon vapor release
9/28 steaming noises heard over television due to shutdown of ALKY unit
9 22 discovered a leak in the fuel gas system
9_22_102 fuel gas leak
9_13 headache and sickening odors
9_10_2012 flaring and vibrations shaking houses
Sept 3 2012 hydrocracker startup 1,100 pounds SO2
Sep 2nd Fish Kill
8_29 oily water discharge
slop oil spill
Strong Odors in Neighborhood
August 30 2012 flare put out with nitrogen
August 30 2012 overflow western ditch
Aug 30th slop oil spill to neighborhood canal, the 20 arpent
September 10 2012 radiation safety assessment
Aug 15 2012 SRU startup 1040 pounds SO2
August 8 2012 health effects
sounded like helicopter - drowned out TV - noticed flaring. Have been experiencing flu like symptoms since early in the evening of Aug 8 2012. This is becoming a routine as far as feeling sick when valero supposedly is starting up units. Which is quite often.
July 31 2012 flaring with smoke
July 25 2012 LDAR report
July 22 2012 crude unit fire
July 20 2012 power failure from transformer
June 29 2012 SRU emitted 2138 pounds Sulfur Dioxide
May 17 2012 SRU complex malfunction
May 2 2012 power outage. SO2 emissions from Sulfur Recovery Unit 500 ppm, 1,850 pounds SO2 emissions from flares, H2S level in fuel drum 300 ppm. Ambient Air Monitor on May 2nd shows SO2 levels at 120 ppb, above the health standard of 75 ppb.
May 8 2012 635 pounds SO2 from flares.
April 2 2012 hydrocracker shutdown from lightning strike 4,500 pounds SO2 emissions at flare. and April 3 subsequent startupreport to LDEQ of
on going sulfur dioxide release notification over the reportable quantity, due to lightning strike effect on pump of hydrocracker unit. Elevated hydrogen sulfide to the flare between 750 and 915 pounds per hour. update on April 4 2012 estimated emissions of 4500 pounds of sulfur dioxide and 49 pounds of H2S. Valero reported that the ambient monitor showed values below exposure guidelines, HOWEVER, this is only for this one fixed station. Fixed stations are dependent on wind direction. Air monitoring was not conducted any where else in the neighborhood. AND the same ambient monitor did show values above health limits with a later release of less than 2,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide at Valero on May 2, 2012. In the May release, less than 2,000 pounds of SO2 resulted in SO2 levels in the neighborhood at 120 ppb. .
, April 10 2012 refinery outage from power interruption 4,000 plus SO2 emissions at flare and over 1,000 pounds SO2 at sulfur recovery units.
April 13 - April 14 noise associated with flaring
April 13 - April 14 noise nuisance and flaring
March 6 associated flaring noise throughout neighborhood and March 7 noise nuisance
March 13th Tank 80-4 had a floor leak. Leak onto concrete, tank is being emptied for repairs.
Feb 8 2012 Sour Gas Flaring
Feb 9 flare emitted sulfur dioxide (SO2) at a rate of 145 pounds per hour, nearly one and one half times the 97.7 pounds per hour permitted rate for SO2 at the flare. Estimated emissions in excess of permited levels: 1250 pounds So2, 12 pounds hydrogen sulfide (H2S).
February 9 2012 Incident 137114 hydrocarbon flaring sour gas to flare for 13.9 hours, estimated flare emissions 844 SO2 and one pound hydrogen sulfide. "The operator inadvertently left the valve open to the flare...
Feb 7 2012 Hydrocracker Incident
Feb 7 flare emitted sulfur dioxide (SO2) at a rate which didnot exceed 1,000 pounds per hour; the permitted rate is 97.7 pounds per hour. Estmiate emsision in excess of permitted levels: 3,000 pounds SO2 and 30 pounds of hydrogen sulfide (H2).
Followup Feb 7 2012 hydrocracker startup Incident 137051
sour gas to flare for 19 hours, estimated falre emissions over 4,000 pounds SO2 and two pounds hydrogen sulfide. "...first time that the reifnery has performed the sulfiding operation on the Hydrocraker catalst since flare gases were being monitored continously for total sulfur content."
Feb 7th call to LDEQ Sulfur dioxide release to flare at rate of 200 to 8,000 pounds per hour from the hydrocracker unit from unknown causes
Feb 2012 Report
Includes Hydrocraker Incident and Sour Gas Flaring event. Air permit levels were also exceeded on Feb 24 for the flare's 97.7 #/hr rate for SO2, resulting in estimated emissions of 500 pounds of SO2 in a 24 hour period, and on Feb 26 for the hydrogen sulfide flow from the fuel gas drum, with H2S greater than 162 ppm three hourly rate average, for three hours.
February 23 2012 on West St Bernard Hwy a resident reported adverse health effects --- coughing, nasal problems, and sore throat. The wind was coming from the facilities towards the north east; he LDEQ air monitor is to the west of this location and the wind was not carrying pollutants toward air monitor. DEQ inspector contacted nearby facilities to request information about any emissions or process upsets for February 24th(NOT February 23rd, the day of the releases).
Yet, on February 28, 2012, a contractor noticed a benzene and other VOC’s leak. http://edms.deq.louisiana.gov/app/doc/view.aspx?doc=8383839&ob=yes&child=yes
January 12 2012 Hydrocracker shutdown
HCU shutdown vented Rich Gas to flare, resulting in estimated emissions of 1,450 pounds of SO2 and 14 pounds of hydrogen sulfide. Air permit limits were also exceeded on Jan 12 2012 for hydrogen sulfide at the Area 6 hearters fuel drum, H2S > 162 ppm, 3-HRA for 3 hours and for particulate matter, carbon monoxide, NOx and VOC's #/hour for 15 hours.
Other air permit exceedances in January listed in the Jan 2012 Report
January Hydrocracker shutdown
November 2011 Elevated hydrogen sulfide readings on Ventura Drive
11/7/2011 5am 30 ppb H2S, 11/8/2011 6am 45 ppb H2S, 2pm 68 ppb H2S, 3pm 69 ppb H2S, 4pm 62 ppb H2S (Wind Direction 134, 136) and 11/9/2011 7am and 8am 54 ppb and 44 ppb H2S.
odor complaint November 2011