- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A refinery near Denver that belched plumes of orange smoke after a power failure shut the plant down released far more sulfur dioxide than previously known - 75,600 pounds, or 150 times beyond a 24-hour limit that triggers an investigation.

The Denver Post reports (https://goo.gl/mOL3xt ) that according to a company letter to emergency management officials this week, Suncor Energy, Inc. maintained there are no known health risks associated with the Oct. 14 release. Short-term exposure to sulfur dioxide can impair breathing, especially among children and people with asthma.

Suncor spokeswoman Lisha Burnett said shortly after the release that no sulfur dioxide had been detected near the refinery, but company officials later acknowledged it had.

Because a power outage triggered the problem, Suncor probably won’t be penalized.

The refinery has been under scrutiny by state regulators for years over air pollution problems.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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