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DNREC : DERNS : Recent Releases : Environmental Release Detail [13459]
Release ID 13459  Release Date/Time 5/6/2009 4:06:00 PM 
Extremely Hazardous NO  Report Date/Time 5/6/2009 4:06:00 PM 
Release Location 4550 WRANGLE HILL RD DELAWARE CITY, DE 19706 
Facility ID & Name 2042 VALERO DELAWARE CITY REFINERY  Facility Address 4550 WRANGLE HILL RD
DELAWARE CITY, DE 19706
 
Substance Released BUTANE  Release Duration Continuous 
Estimated Quantity Less Than 1000.00 LBS. 
Released To
Additional Information RELEASE DUE TO A CLOGGED DRAIN. GREATER THAN 1000 LBS. PER HOUR OF BUTANE WAS RELEASED. PROBLEM HAD BEEN CORRECTED AT THE TIME OF REPORT. ***FURTHER INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE DRQ FOR BUTANE WAS NOT EXCEEDED*** 
Health Risks: (Information provided here may be from the Cameo Chemical database and may or may not pertain to this specific release. It is provided as a precaution only.) BUTANE The following chemical information was taken from the CAMEO Chemical database. High exposure produces drowsiness but no other evidence of systemic effect. (USCG, 1999) 
Medical Attention: (Information provided here may be from the Cameo Chemical database and may or may not pertain to this specific release. It is provided as a precaution only.) BUTANE The following chemical information was taken from the CAMEO Chemical database. EYES: First check the victim for contact lenses and remove if present. Flush victim's eyes with water or normal saline solution for 20 to 30 minutes while simultaneously calling a hospital or poison control center. Do not put any ointments, oils, or medication in the victim's eyes without specific instructions from a physician. If symptoms (such as redness or irritation) develop, immediately transport the victim to a hospital. SKIN: CAUTION: Exposure of skin to compressed gases may result in freezing of the skin. Treatment for frostbite may be necessary. Remove the victim from the source of contamination. IMMEDIATELY wash affected areas gently with COLD water (and soap, if necessary) while removing and isolating all contaminated clothing. Dry carefully with clean, soft towels. If symptoms such as inflammation or irritation develop, IMMEDIATELY call a physician or go to a hospital for treatment. INHALATION: IMMEDIATELY leave the contaminated area; take deep breaths of fresh air. If symptoms (such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, or burning in the mouth, throat, or chest) develop, call a physician and be prepared to transport the victim to a hospital. Provide proper respiratory protection to rescuers entering an unknown atmosphere. Whenever possible, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) should be used; if not available, use a level of protection greater than or equal to that advised under Protective Clothing. INGESTION: This compound is a gas, therefore inhalation is the first route of exposure. (NTP, 1992) 
Precautions Recommended None  Public Notified? YES 
Facility Contact Name: GREG FIELDER  Facility Contact Phone: 302-834-6252 
Facility Contact Email:   Status Final