PES Explosion Released Highly Toxic Chemical Into Atmosphere

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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board just released the first update of its investigation into the June accident, which, in addition to releasing a potentially deadly chemical compound, flung 38,000 pounds of scrap across the Schuylkill River.

The massive explosions that occurred at a South Philly oil refinery complex this past June released more than 5,000 pounds of hydrofluoric acid, a potentially deadly chemical, according to federal investigators with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

On Wednesday, the agency released its first update into an investigation of the high-profile incident at Philadelphia Energy Solutions, which rocked the city and ultimately forced the closure of the facility, the largest and oldest oil refinery complex on the East Coast.

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