“According to the report, the facility released 31,187 pounds of volatile organic carbon material; 23,090 pounds of propylene; 2,398 pounds of ethylene; 5,621 pounds of other volatile organic carbon materials, including propane; and 48 pounds of benzene. Also released were 85 pounds of soot and particulate matter. The report said those are conservative estimates.“
“. . . . At the time of the accident, air monitoring did not detect harmful amounts of chemicals in the air, but residents were advised to “shelter in place” in their homes, with windows and doors shut, EPA officials said at the time. DEQ reported that monitoring on the day of the accident and the two days afterward found no unsafe levels of chemicals and that Williams Olefins reported its air monitoring also showed no measurable levels of chemicals in the air.
But a survey of 67 people living near the plant by a team of volunteers working with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade took note of 24 people who reported health problems after the accident, ranging from respiratory and eye irritations to headaches and nausea. The June 14 survey was conducted a day after the explosion near the Jackie Robinson playground in Geismar.”
LOUISIANA BUCKET BRIGADE REPORT
Let’s look at the news reports at the time and what they said about the poison in the air –
At the time everybody said what NBC said: “The explosion took place at Williams Olefins chemical plant in Ascension Parish, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, state police said. A fire after the explosion was contained and then extinguished, and preliminary tests showed the air was safe.“
WAFB‘s early report of June 13 with next day updates says –
“A two-mile radius shelter-in-place was ordered following the explosion. It was later lifted, but during the news conference at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Jindal announced there were still four additional plants in the area still under shelter-in-place orders. Those plants were Honeywell, Univer, Innophos and PCS Nitrogen. (WHY DID THEY LIFT THE SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER WITH NO DATA????)
Several roads were closed Thursday morning around the plant. All of those were reopened by Thursday evening. LA 3115 between LA 30 and LA 75 was reopened to traffic Friday just before noon.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) pipeline division said Enterprise Products Operating has indicated that they have shut-in their pipelines that enter the plant.
Meteorologist Steve Caparotta reported Doppler Radar out of Slidell detected the smoke plume from the initial explosion around 8:45 a.m. He said the radar beam would be sampling an elevation around 6,000 feet over Geismar.
During the Thursday afternoon news conference, Jindal said the plant had been approved for expansion and was in the middle of a turnaround.
According to Assistant DEQ Secretary Cheryl Nolan, there have been no detections above normal levels in the air, but DEQ is doing additional monitoring out of an abundance of caution(um-hmm). The results so far show no harmful effects.
According to DEQ, the release from the stack is reported to be residual(!) propelyne, which is what’s generating the (TOXIC) smoke.”
From a later report by The Advocate (with amazing low-key headline) LSP: Hammond man killed in plant explosion (June 25)
“Jean Kelly, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Quality, said the agency was called just after 9 a.m. and sent staff to the area to start air monitoring. There was an initial report of ethylene being released, but information was still being gathered (denial?) , she said. Kelly said it was unclear where or how the fire started, she said.
The first round of air monitoring in the community along La. 30 between La. 3115 and La. 73 had been completed, Kelly said, and the readings had been “non-detect” (!) in the middle of the plume.
Jennah Durant, spokeswoman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6, confirmed that EPA was sending contractors to conduct additional air monitoring.”
CNN reported on June 14 –
“Firefighters and a hazardous materials team were evaluating the situation, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeffrey Wiley told reporters.
“We think we have a stable situation,” he said.”
WBRZ had a report June 14 about the impact on workers with this –
“A class action lawsuit was filed by a worker installing scaffolding at a nearby plant, claiming smoke from the the explosion and ensuing fire caused health issues for him.“
Why did Louisiana DEQ, The EPA, the emergency services ALL mislead the public about the DANGEROUS AIR near the explosion??
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