Report Released Monday Offers New Information on Superior Refinery

May 08, 2018 12:27 PM

There are plenty of people at the Husky Refinery in Superior these days.

According to Mayor Jim Paine's office, and the one-week summary report released Monday, about 316 employees and contractors are onsite daily. And about 90 people are staffing the Emergency Operations Center on Hammond, Duluth TV station WDIO reported.


RELATED: Superior Refinery Explosion Occurred during Crude Oil Heating, Extraction Process

Also, an additional three dozen are out in the community - performing tasks like air monitoring, claims processing and debris cleanup.

Husky also said they have received 1,446 claims as of Monday morning. Most have been to cover costs related to the evacuation that followed the explosion and fire at the refinery on April 26.

RELATED: In Wake of Explosion and Fire, Duluth Mayor Calls for Change to Oil Refining Process

The number to call is 1-855-527-5002.

Also, electricity has been restored to a number of buildings at the site - including the administration and wastewater treatment plant.

The one-week report said that areas within the facility are beginning to be cleared to begin clean-up and the next phases of work. Work began Friday to clear debris on the nearby golf course and areas near Stinson Avenue.

RELATED: Superior Mayor: Cause of Refinery Explosion, Fire Remains Under Investigation

Once that cleanup is done, then Stinson will reopen to traffic.

Crews have also begun removing debris from residential areas. The seek homeowner permission before coming onto properties.

As for monitoring of air, the EPA has 15 fixed monitors around the facility.

That's in addition to the monitoring that has been done at 3,100 locations in the community. The report said none of the monitoring has shown any elevated levels of emissions above health-based thresholds. 



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