Shelter in Place Issued after Benzene Detected at Shell's Deer Park Refinery

Houston Chronicle, March 20, 2019

A shelter in place has been issued at Shell's 340,000 bpd Deer Park Refinery upon detecting low levels of benzene at the facility, according to company officials. The shelter in place advisory comes just hours after a large blaze at Intercontinental Terminals Company that broke out on Sunday was finally extinguished early Wednesday morning.

Beneze is a known carcinogen, and although the chemical readings were at or below OSHA's permissible exposure limits, they exceed company limits. 

"Shell has global standards for permissible exposure limits, where Shell’s permissible exposure limits differ from OSHA exposure limits, Shell will follow the more stringent criteria," officials said in a statement on Wednesday. 

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