Jet Fuel Leaks from Valve at Total Refinery

Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 02:04 PM gHale

A valve leaking jet fuel caused emissions at the Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

“During a scheduled shutdown at Unit 805, operators blocked in and isolated the unit,” the refinery said in a statement to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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“Thermal expansion caused pressure to build at the unit, resulting in a pressure safety valve leaking jet fuel and emitting 147.2 pounds VOCs [volatile organic compounds] to atmosphere in a 30-minute period,” Total officials said.

The refinery said the incident happened last Monday afternoon, and when workers discovered the leak, an exclusion zone was called for the unit.

The 225,000-barrel-a-day refinery is located east of Houston.

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