LIMA — Orange snow and large flames were the outcome of a a unit that tripped at the Husky Lima Refinery Sunday night and people are wondering whether should they be concerned.
“This (Monday) morning we discovered this had also resulted in an oil mist which has impacted some nearby properties and vehicles,” Husky Refinery Media Relations Coordinator Kim Guttormson said in a news release. “Some droplets landed on the snow along the river bank and we have deployed booms as a precaution.”
The orange residue was visible along nearby roads such as Fort Amanda Road, where portions of the sidewalk had been closed off.
Guttormson said that the company is in the process of bringing the unit back online. However, she did not give a response when asked whether or not the mist would cause harm to people or animals who may come in contact with the snow.
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Public Information Officer Dina Pierce said that although she was not sure if the mist would cause harm, there were Ohio EPA emergency response personnel dispatched to the scene to investigate.
In the release, Guttormson encouraged all residents whose property has been impacted by the unit trip and are concerned to contact the refinery at 419-226-2860 so that questions can be answered and assistance can be provided.
“We would like to apologize to our neighbors for any inconvenience and appreciate their understanding,” Guttormson said in the release.
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