RACHEL'S HAZARDOUS WASTE NEWS #51
---November 16, 1987---
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3000 EVACUATED FOR REFINERY LEAK
A leak of 1,260 gallons of hydrofluoric acid at Marathon Petroleum's oil refinery in Texas City, TX, Oct. 31
sent 260 people to the hospital, seriously injured 52 of them and caused the evacuation of 3,000 others in the
community. Hydrofluoric acid, which is corrosive enough to etch glass and causes severe burns to skin,
eyes and lungs, is used to make benzene.
--Peter Montague, Ph.D.
Descriptor terms: hydrofluoric acid; marathon petroleum; texas city; tx; benzene; petroleum industry; leaks;