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IDEM To Investigate Whiting Refinery Blast, Fire

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August 29, 2014 — The Associated Press — BP officials notified the state yesterday that more than 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide were released into the air following  Wednesday night’s explosion at the Whiting Refinery.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management spokesman Dan Goldblatt says the agency is still preparing a report but the initial indication is that the release didn’t cause any air quality problems.

BP spokesman Scott Dean says there’s no indication the explosion had any environmental impact.

Dean says the blast was caused by a compressor in one of the older units of the refinery.  He says the plant was continuing to operate yesterday.  He wouldn’t comment to the Associated Press on whether it affected the production at the plant.

 

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