Eastman plugs Texas EO refining column vent valve

10 May 2011 22:58  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Eastman has closed an ethylene oxide (EO) refining column vent valve that was found without a plug at its Longview facility in Texas, the company said in a public filing available on Tuesday.

Following the discovery on Sunday, the valve was closed and a plug was installed, Eastman said in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

While the valve was not venting at the time the missing plug was noticed, it may have vented into the line several times, according to the filing.

The plug valve was believed to have been lost on 18 February following a short outage at the unit.

Initial estimates are that an amount of EO in excess of 20,000 pounds may have been released into the atmosphere.

The company could not be immediately reached for comment.

Eastman’s Longview facility has an EO capacity of 105,000 tonnes/year.

By: Gene Lockard
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