US producer Total Petrochemicals USA has emissions event

05 August 2013 18:27  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based petrochemical producer Total Petrochemicals USA had an emissions event at its La Porte facility in Texas on Saturday, 3 August, according to a regulatory filing made available on line on Monday.

According to the filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the plant experienced problems with its “Train 9 Flashing System” which resulted in venting to its flare system.

Approximately 650 lbs of carbon monoxide, 19 lbs of ethylene, 150 lbs of nitrogen oxides, 65 lbs of propane and 645 lbs of propylene were released through the flaring system during the event, which began at 4 a.m. local time and lasted until 4 p.m.

According to the filing, the plant reduced its production rate to minimise the amount of venting to the flare.

A Total spokesperson declined to comment on the filing.

By: Ken Fountain

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