Compressor breakdown leads to release of 4,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide at Delaware City refinery

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control reported the release of 4,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide at Delaware City Refining Co.

The release was reported at 5:28 p.m. at the refinery on Wrangle Hill Road, Delaware City.

Sulfer dioxide, a byproduct of the refining process, is considered to be hazardous by the EPA.

A compressor issue led to flaring, a procedure used to relieve pressure. Refinery workers repaired and restarted the compressor.

Delaware City Refining Co. is owned by New Jersey-based PBF Energy.

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