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EPA asked to reconsider use of dangerous chemical

FILE--In this April 26, 2018, aerial file image from video provided by KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, shows smoke rising from the Husky Energy oil refinery after an explosion at the plant in Superior, Wis. Duluth City Council is taking steps to ensure the safety of its residents following the reconstruction of a refinery that exploded in April in neighboring Superior, Wisconsin. Flying shrapnel in the Husky Energy oil refinery explosion just missed a tank of hydrogen fluoride, which can be deadly if inhaled. The Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the council will vote Monday on a resolution asking the Environmental Protection Agency to examine hydrogen fluoride usage at the rebuilt Husky refinery. (KSTP-TV via AP, File)

Smoke rises from the Husky Energy oil refinery after an explosion at the plant in Superior on April 26, 2018. The mayors of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior urged Husky to stop using the chemical hydrogen fluoride after the refinery is rebuilt. (KSTP-TV via AP, File)

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Duluth City Council is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider whether petroleum refineries should be allowed to continue their use of a dangerous and potentially deadly chemical.

KBJR-TV reports the council voted late Monday on the request involving hydrogen fluoride and the safety of area residents following the reconstruction of a refinery that exploded in neighboring Superior, Wisconsin.

The Husky Energy oil refinery was rocked last April by a huge blast and fire. The flying shrapnel narrowly missed a tank of hydrogen fluoride, a toxic chemical that can be deadly if inhaled.

Husky spokesman Mel Duvall noted in April that the refinery will still use hydrogen fluoride when the $400 million facility is rebuilt. The mayors of Duluth and Superior urged Husky to stop using the chemical.

 

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