IEPA seeks court order for data on Citgo fire
November 1, 2013 2:08PM
Updated: December 4, 2013 6:31AM
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it’s seeking a court order compelling Citgo to provide information about the Oct. 23 fire at its Lemont refinery.
The IEPA has asked the state attorney general’s office to pursue the order. The request is under review, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office said.
The IEPA also provided information about the cause of the fire, which Citgo has not explained.
The fire started when employees or contractors were dismantling piping in the crude oil unit for maintenance, and valves failed to operate properly, which led to a release and the fire that burned for about two hours, according to the IEPA.
Reuters news service last week cited an unnamed source involved in the investigation in reporting that the fire was caused by a leak of hot, combustible fluid.
Citgo has not commented on the Reuters report, which also said that refinery production could be down by 40 percent for as long as six months until repairs are completed.
Citgo also did not respond to a request for comment on the IEPA action.
The agency is seeking a root cause analysis of the fire, all air-monitoring data from the incident, calculations about the amount of crude oil released and air emissions, a cleanup plan and documentation of all contacts with citizens and local officials.