Updated at 7:05 p.m. PT
Texas City lifted a shelter-in-place order on Tuesday after a release of hydrogen fluoride at Marathon Oil’s Galveston Bay refinery, which resulted in two employees being taken to a nearby hospital, officials said. city.
The city had requested the establishment of a shelter for Fifth Avenue South to Texas Avenue, between 14th and 34th streets. Residents nearby received an alert around 4 p.m. Tuesday, warning of the release.
“The automated response systems at the Galveston Bay refinery have today activated mitigation measures in response to a small release of chemicals,” Marathon spokesperson Jamal T. Kheiry wrote in an email. at Houston Public Media. “The release has been stopped and air monitoring data indicates no off-site impact. Two employees who were nearby were transported to a local medical facility as a precaution. Relevant regulatory notifications have been made. A full investigation will be conducted to determine the cause. “
Hydrogen fluoride is a highly toxic chemical which is dangerous when inhaled. His release prompted the refinery to implement its own shelter-in-place ordinance, which led the city to follow suit, according to Tom Munoz, Texas City’s emergency manager.
The Texas City Fire Department’s hazardous materials team was on site to monitor air quality, and readings returned to normal, Munoz said.
Paul DeBenedetto contributed to this report.
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