Accident at Bayway Refinery – “Controlled Burns” Release Unknown Toxic Air Pollution
According to today’sÂ Star LedgerÂ APÂ report,Â “flames are shooting out of the towers” of the ConocoPhillips refinery in Linden, NJ.
According to the Company,Â a power outage occured during routine maintenance.Â The AP story saysÂ no workers wereÂ injured, but does not even mention the environmental releases of toxic chemicals that occured during the accident.
There had to be toxic air emissions as a result of this incident.
Obviously,Â a detailed accident investigation report is required. However, even before detailed investigaion isÂ conducted, reporters need to ask US EPA and NJ DEP about facility monitoring data and expected enforcementÂ response and penalties for air pollution violations.