Evacuations remain after Superior Wisconsin refinery fire; 15 hurt

City Evacuated After Explosion At Wisconsin Refinery Injures 20

Investigators searched for the cause of the massive Thursday morning explosion at the refinery, capable of processing up to 38,000 barrels of oil a day, which shook the city of Superior, Wisconsin, home to about 27,000 people.

Located about 115 miles from Grand Marais, news of the incident spread quickly up the North Shore.

The evacuation order for thousands of people was lifted at 6 a.m. Friday.

As the scene in Superior returns to normality, there remains the issue of lingering after-effects to both humans and the environment.

"All indications are that the refinery site is safe and stable and the air quality is clean and normal", Superior Mayor Jim Paine said on Facebook.

The 50,000 bbl/d refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, was shutting down in preparation for a five-week turnaround, when an explosion was reported yesterday at 10:00 local time. David Morrison, the federal on scene coordinator with the EPA said the agency started a monitoring program Thursday for first responders, police and crews in the "hotzone".

"They said 'evacuate, evacuate, '" said Susan Mattson, a local librarian and cafe regular.

Mattson gathered up her dogs, Molly and Kasey, at home and pointed her vehicle toward Duluth, Minn., usually a 10-minute drive.

From there, they can pass directly into a person's bloodstream, said Neil Carman, a former refinery inspector for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, now with the Sierra Club. "There is still a lot of heat in the product", Panger said. Those hospitalized will be released on Friday, according to authorities. "There were very low, trace levels, well below any health standards, of volatile chemicals and dust and particulates", Morrison said. Superior Refining has been conducting air monitoring and will continue to do so.

Thick, black smoke poured from the refinery hours after the explosion. That's why we evac'ed them!

Roth said the fire did not spread to the huge Enbridge crude oil terminal across the street.

Panger, the Superior fire chief, said the hydrogen fluoride was stored in an area about 150 feet from the fire, and that it was constantly sprayed with water. Fire officials say the fire may have been fueled by asphalt. It was owned for decades by Murphy Oil, which bought it in 1958. U.S. Department of Labor spokesman Scott Allen said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Calumet Superior LLC $21,000 over emergency response and flammable liquids violations in 2015.

He said there were two projects going on at the Husky Refinery, yearly maintenance and what he calls a "flexibility" project.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

House panel's report looks at ties between Russia, Clinton: Rep. Nunes
The investigation found that leaks were used "to sow discord in the USA presidential election", which began before Election Day. The panel also recommended the executive branch "crack down" on leaks by conducting polygraphs.

Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign admits to being Kremlin informant
Putin of Russian Federation . "Many things included here are from my documents, my personal documents", Veselnitskaya said. In a July 2017 interview with The Wall Street Journal , Veselnitskaya said she "personally" knows the prosecutor general.

London Mayor takes dig at Trump after United Kingdom visit announced
But those preparing to oppose Trump's July visit to London warned the president he faces protests against his presidency. Doland Trump is likely to meet the Queen when he visits the United Kingdom for a "working visit" this July.

NFL Draft Updates: DT Derrick Nnadi goes in 3rd round to Chiefs
The Chiefs did not have a first-round pick after trading it away last season to select quarterback Patrick Mahomes II. The Chiefs have the 24th pick in the round, along with a sixth-round pick and two choices in the seventh round.

Amazon posts $51B in Q1 revenue, crushes profit expectations, shares up 6%
The company is forecasting operating income of $1.1 billion to $1.9 billion on revenue of $51 billion to $54 billion. Amazon ( AMZN ) posted first-quarter 2018 earnings on Thursday afternoon that surpassed Wall Street expectations.

Starbucks CEO Hopes to Meet With Black Men Arrested in Philadelphia Shop
Over the weekend, demonstrators pushed for the Philadelphia Starbucks' employee to be fired for calling the police. Starbucks regional vice president Camille Hymes attempted to talk to the protesters, but was shouted down.

Flyers' Couturier could play must-win Game 5
If their response following their first loss of the series is any indication, they should come out firing on all cylinders. For Pittsburgh , Matt Murray was excellent in three of the four wins but not-so-good in game six and game two.

IOS 11.3.1 rolls out with iPhone display fix
To be more specific, the update disabled touch functionality on iPhone 8s that were fixed using third-party displays. Coming to the Security Update 2018-001 does its part to fix the vulnerability in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4.

Thousands Marching In LA To Mark 103rd Anniversary Of Armenian Genocide
President Ronald Reagan called it a genocide in a 1981 speech about the Holocaust; no US president since has called it genocide. Many countries have recognized the Armenian Genocide: Uruguay is the first country that acknowledged the Genocide in 1965.

Capitals advance with win over Blue Jackets in Game 6
Grubauer was shaky in the first couple of games - looking particularly awful in Game 2 - and so the Caps made a change. After falling behind 1-0 early in Game 5 on a shorthanded goal, Washington responded quickly with a Backstrom goal.

Stocks end down on interest rate fears, earnings; Dow -1.7%
Sectors posting the biggest losses included technology (2 percent), materials (2.69 percent) and industrial (2.82 percent) stocks. In Asia, share markets were trading lower on Wednesday in morning session, following an overnight drop in USA stocks.

Chelsea's Alonso Passed three-match ban Outside of FA Cup Semi Final
The FA took retrospective action against the 27-year-old after officials, including referee Mike Dean , failed to see the incident.

Mitt Romney Fails To Secure Utah Senate GOP Nomination, Will Face Primary
Romney also failed to win a majority at the Utah GOP convention, coming in with 49 percent of delegates' support to Rep. The two men have shown signs of making peace, and Romney has accepted Trump's endorsement for Senate.

Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Artificial Sweeteners

NBA Playoffs Betting Odds: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Game 4 Recap
Both coaches expressed their admiration for Antetokounmpo's effort on the play after the game. "They had a lot to do with that". And in the end, the long reach of Antetokounmpo emerged from a pack of Celtics to tip in the winning shot.

Other news