Emissions could increase during ExxonMobil repairs
BATON ROUGE - A leak on environmental control equipment at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge could temporarily increase sulfur dioxide emissions from the plant, according to a spokesperson.
ExxonMobil said employees discovered a small hole in the surface of a combuster in the sulfur recovery unit that removes sulfur molecules from crude oil. That hole allowed some gases to vent, which were rerouted through incinerators.
The refinery sent out an email warning that air monitoring equipment will be done inside and outside the plant during the repairs.
ExxonMobil said the Department of Environmental Quality was preparing a compliance order for the repair work and potentially-increased emissions. They said all current data from air monitors showed SO2 levels were still below EPA's safety standards.
The spokesperson said the cause of the leak is under investigation.
There are no reports of any injuries, and ExxonMobil said this was not an emergency situation.
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