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Unplanned Flare Event at Chevron El Segundo Sends Flame, Smoke Skyward

A loud noise was heard throughout the flare event as flame and smoke went skyward.

The flare event on Jan. 11, 2014 as seen from Pacific Avenue near Rosecrans Avenue.
The flare event on Jan. 11, 2014 as seen from Pacific Avenue near Rosecrans Avenue.
An unplanned flare event at the Chevron El Segundo refinery on the border of Manhattan Beach sent flame and smoke into the air beginning around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Chevron's notification of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

By 2:50 p.m., flame and smoke could still be seen being released into the air, and the noise from the activity could still be heard in the nearby Tree Section neighborhood of Manhattan Beach.

Chevron's report to the air quality district said the flare event was caused by an equipment breakdown. Air Quality Management District Rule 1118 requires flare operators to notify the agency of any flare event estimated to exceed one or more of the following daily limits:
  • 500,000 standard cubic feet of vent gas combusted,
  • 100 pounds of VOC emitted, and/or
  • 500 pounds of oxides of sulfur emitted

Additional details can be found by clicking on http://www.aqmd.gov/comply/1118/community.htm.

To notify the air quality management district of air quality problems, (800) CUT-SMOG.

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