TX Refinery Blast Emits Contaminants

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 08:04 AM gHale

Smoke and flames rise from Valero Energy Corp’s refinery plant in Texas City, Texas.

An explosion and fire at the Valero Texas City, TX, refinery released four types of unauthorized contaminants into the air, officials said.

Valero Energy estimated its Texas City refinery emitted more than 5,000 pounds of alkylates, 13,700 pounds of carbon monoxide, 970 pounds of hydrogen fluoride and 12,000 pounds of particulate matter during the incident last Thursday.

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The refinery also released oxides of nitrogen and sulfur dioxide at rates exceeding the permitted amount.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality received the report and is investigating the Thursday fire.

The Galveston County Health District said it hadn’t yet received fire-related health complaints.

Valero must submit a final report to the commission within two weeks.

The refinery has a refining capacity of 225kb/d. The explosion occurred at unit 106, according to the Texas City Police Department; the unit is a light hydrocarbon unit, according to court clerk Tammy Odom.

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