Published On: Tue, Feb 4th, 2014

Fire cause for sulfur dioxide emissions

Oil refineryWILLEMSTAD - According to Henny Cornelia of the Safety and Environment Department of Isla refinery, last Friday’s fire led to an abnormal peak of sulfur dioxide emissions. The waste, which was located between the refinery and the Nijlweg, caught fire. Between the wastes there were several barrels of sulfur iron.

In addition, there was sulfur in the soil. This is an emission of 1700 micrograms per cubic meter sulfur dioxide, according to measurements at Kas Chikuti (one of the four stations where measurements are taken).

The Environmental protection organization SMOC had already published the measurements on its website. According to SMOC-chairman Peter van Leeuwen, this involves a record of emissions since 2010.

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