- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Heavy rains have sparked the failure of a huge tank at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1KJ6MkI ) the EPA and U.S. Coast Guard are on the scene and the refinery has warned a nearby neighborhood that the repair will expose residents to odors and chemicals.

Jackson County Emergency Management Director Earl Etheridge says a floating roof on a 4 million gallon storage tank “partially collapsed” Sunday. Officials estimate between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell in the area Sunday.

Etheridge says nothing escaped the tank as far as they know, except the odor. He says the tank holds “a liquid petroleum distillant, a gasoline derivative.”

He says the refinery has put a foam blanket on the tank to help cut the vapors and chance of fire.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com


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