Ohioans Told to Toss Food After Oil Mist Released From Ohio Refinery

November 24, 2009

An Ohio refinery is recommending that nearby residents toss out food, including pet food, that may have come in contact with oil mist accidentally discharged over the weekend.

Husky Energy Inc. also is offering car washes to people in northwest Ohio whose vehicles were coated by the mist, released at 9:45 a.m. Sunday from a storage tank at the company’s facility in Lima.

Husky said in a statement that it does not believe the mist is harmful to people or animals and that any residue can be removed with soap and water.

Graham White, a spokesman for the Calgary, Canada-based company, says a safety valve released excess pressure, as it was designed to do. But he says Husky is investigating why some things did not happen before that point.

Information from: The Lima News, http://www.limanews.com

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