Published On: Thu, Aug 1st, 2013

Refinery exceeds standards sulfur dioxide

oil refineryWILLEMSTAD  - The month of July was very critical for the environment in Curacao. The oil refinery, Isla, sulfur dioxide emission was above the standards set by the World Health Organization. This was measured at the Beth Chaim (Jewish cemetery near the refinery) point, says the local environmental organization SMOC.

Sulfur dioxide (also known as SO2) is a combustion product of sulfur, which is released by burning fossil fuels. SO2 contributes to air pollution and smog. In moist air the sulfur trioxide (SO3), which forms a compound in water, forms sulfuric acid.

The members of Parliament will meet in August to discuss the future of the oil refinery. The contract with the Venezuelan oil company Petroleos de Venezuela Sociedad Anonima (PDVSA) will expire in 2019. There are a few options for the refinery. Either completely get rid of it, move it to another location on the island or renovate it.

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