Chemical Leak Contained at NJ Refinery

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 06:10 PM gHale


A shelter in place order was in place as hazmat teams contained a chemical leak Monday morning at a refinery in Linden, New Jersey.

The leak occurred at the Philips 66 — Bayway refinery, where workers detected the leak at 8 a.m. on a drum containing Ethylaluminium dichloride solution in a hydrocarbon oil, used in the refining process.

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The state health department said the highly flammable and reactive chemical can irritate the nose, eyes and skin. It can also cause a rash and burns.

As a safety measure, officials ordered a Bayway Refinery Complex shelter in place. The order lifted at 9:50 a.m.

According to Infineum USA, an estimated 1400 pounds of the chemical released in the form of a cloud that dissipated within the hour.

Police said there was no threat to the immediate area.



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