Delaware City Refinery Leak Hurts 3

Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 05:08 PM gHale

After a chemical release at a gasoline production plant Friday, three Delaware City Refinery workers went to Christiana Hospital for treatment.

A 52-year-old man ended up treated for headache, dizziness and weakness and a 36-year-old woman received treatment for weakness and lethargy, said Sgt. Michael A. McColley, a spokesman for the county Public Safety Department. A 40-year-old woman also went to Christiana as a precaution, McColley said.

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Workers in the area immediately evacuated after the refinery had a brief chemical release, said Michael Karlovich, a spokesman for plant owner PBF Energy.

Officials have not said what the chemical was. The incident occurred at noon.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officials said they were awaiting a report on the incident.

The release came a week after a fire destroyed a building and equipment at the 4550 Wrangle Hill Road facility, which can process up to 191,000 barrels of crude oil daily. The fire reduced capacity. It may take up to a month to make repairs, officials said.