Chemicals Leak at DE Refinery

Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:04 PM gHale

A leak at the Delaware City Refining Co. led to the release of more than 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide, state environmental officials said.

The release was reported at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday at the refinery in Delaware City, DE, said officials at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

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The leak came from a process unit and was ongoing at the time it was reported. Work is underway to correct the problem.

The chemicals are considered to be hazardous by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

You can have respiratory and neurological effects if you are exposed to higher concentrations of hydrogen sulfide, according to the EPA.

Short-term exposures to Sulfur dioxide can harm the human respiratory system and make breathing difficult. Children, the elderly, and those who suffer from asthma are particularly sensitive to effects of Sulfur dioxide, according to the EPA.

Delaware City Refining is owned by PBF Energy.

This incident is currently under investigation by DNREC.

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