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Shell/Motiva had five of the largest releases of air pollutants from Louisiana refineries

Louisiana refineries and associated chemical plants had higher air emissions from accidents in 2012, new report says

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By Mark Schleifstein, | The Times-Picayune: November 12, 2013


The biggest air pollution accident in 2012 was the release of 648,733 pounds of mostly carbon monoxide on May 8 by Motiva Enterprises in Norco. Motiva also recorded the second largest release, 239,879 pounds of chemicals, half of which was carbon monoxide, on Aug. 28; and the fifth largest, 128,104 pounds of chemicals of which 50 percent was carbon monoxide, on June 28.

The Shell Chemical East plant on the Motiva Enterprises “campus” in Norco had the third and fourth largest accidents, with 198,959 pounds of chemicals, with a little over half being carbon monoxide, on June 23; and 180,629 pounds, again with about half being carbon monoxide, on Dec. 6.

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