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Exxon releases report on refinery fire detailing chemical release

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Posted at 9:04 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 22:31:54-05

Exxon on Tuesday released a report detailing the release of chemicals in last week's fire at a Baton Rouge refinery.

According to The Advocate, Exxon said "tens of thousands of pounds of unspecified flammable vapor" were released during the fire. That included more than 13,000 pounds of sulfure dioxide and 2,681 pounds of 1,3 butadiene, a cancer-causing chemical. However, they said about 98% of the material was consumed by the flames and none posed a risk to nearby residents.

Because air quality monitoring didn't detect any impact outside of the ExxonMobile facility, agencies "indicated that neighbors did not need to take any action." Thus, no alerts were issued by the city or by emergency response agencies, the company said.

On Wednesday, a Louisiana senator will hold a hearing to explore how Exxon responded to the fire and whether "its notices during the blaze were sufficient to ensure public safety."

The fire started around midnight on February 12. No one was injured in the fire.