Isla: “Our SO2 emissions remains below standard”
WILLEMSTAD – The oil refinery Isla meets the nuisance permit and does not exceed the annual SO2 emissions (sulfur dioxide). This was reported by the refinery following the last monthly measurements published by the Foundation for Clean Environment Curaçao (SMOC), which peaked above the SO2 standard. The refinery's management regrets that the statutory standards and the WHO recommendations are being used to confuse the public. The refinery also accuses SMOC of providing false information, which causes civil unrest.
The nuisance permit states that the refinery can emit no more than 80 micrograms per cubic meter of sulfur dioxide (SO2) annually. With regard to the suspended particles there is a maximum of 75 micrograms per cubic meter. The impact of the refinery on the annual SO2 emission is according to the Isla 55-65 ug / m3, which is below the standard of the nuisance permit.
For residents in the shadow of Isla and BOO, there is not much difference. In their air there is twice the permitted standard of sulfur dioxide annually.