Repost from the Vallejo Times-Herald
Residual Valero Benicia flaring reportedly sends 30 to hospital on MondayBy Katy St. Clair, 05/17/17, 5:15 PM PDT
BENICIA >> A residual flaring at the Valero Refinery on mid-day Monday reportedly sent 30 employees of the Industrial Park to the emergency room, a business owner said.
“I’m not happy about it at all,” said Dunlap Manufacturing head of operations Jasmin Powell, addressing the Benicia City Council on Tuesday night. “A cloud of smoke hit us between 1:30 and 4 (p.m.). I had to send everybody home.”
Dunlop Manufacturing is an Industrial Park anchor business that makes effects units and other accessories for musicians.
Valero has been intermittently flaring since a power failure on May 5, which initiated evacuations of the Industrial Park and a shelter-in-place at two elementary schools.
“We were affected severely … and we didn’t get any notice about anything going on beforehand,” Powell said. “And no one’s talking about it now,” she said.
“I did not know about this, Jasmin,” said Mayor Elizabeth Patterson.
While some on social media have been reporting flaring since the initial May 5 incident at Valero, no further evacuations or shelter-in-place orders have been announced.
Benicia Fire Chief Jim Lydon said that he wasn’t made aware of the situation on Monday until hearing about it around 4 p.m., but that Valero had given him “no notification” that day.
“I went to the refinery in an effort to gather information, and by then, whatever had been released from the scrubber unit was basically dissipated,” he said.
Lydon said he notified the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and Solano County Environmental Health, “Who both began follow up.”
Lydon said that Valero received an other “public nuisance” citation for Monday’s emissions, but the air district could not confirm this.
Valero has not responded to Times-Herald inquiries, and no one from Valero was at Tuesday night’s council meeting.