These situations which should be viewed in person and can’t be photocopied or photographed because of what the EPA describes as security concerns are decidedly grim. The one for the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes is much less daunting than most: The refinery’s remote location on March’s Level, in Fidalgo Bay, signifies that only 33 members of the general public could be in harm’s approach within the occasion of a vapor-cloud explosion, the company estimates. Distinction this with, say, an all-out release of hydrofluoric acid from the PBF Energy refinery in Paulsboro, New Jersey, just south of Philadelphia, which, PBF calculates, would put 3.2 million individuals liable to damage or death. Or a discharge of the same chemical, known as HF, from the Marathon Petroleum Company refinery in Texas City, close to Houston, which might threaten 670,000.

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