30 January 2013 23:22 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Goodyear’s Houston Chemical Plant reported to state environmental regulators a release of butadiene (BD) after a overheated reactor caused the flare stack to produce more than the normal amount of smoke, a company spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.
An estimated 37.5 lbs of BD was emitted through the stack, according to an emissions event report with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on Tuesday.
A Goodyear spokesperson said that following a controlled product change at the Houston plant, pressure in a line containing BD lifted a relief valve and sent a small amount of material to the flare.
The reactor overheated around noon on Tuesday, and the issue was resolved promptly by isolating the reactor and then shutting the unit down, which reduced the emissions sent to the flare.
The TCEQ report said the flare smoked for less than two minutes.
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