Delaware is just now coming out of a long episode of bad air, but there will surely be many more this “ozone season.” Bad air has been forecast every day from May 3rd to May 9th, usually for both ozone and particulates (invisible find dust).
As we’ve noted many times, people foolish enough to breathe in Delaware are stressed by a combination of chemical pollution, heat, humidity, and allergens (pollen, molds, etc). So, is it not surprising that many residents and visitors suffer from the effects of bad air.
Some of this is naturally occurring, some of the pollution blows in from out of state, but much is within the power of the state to influence.
While “air quality” on Sunday and Monday is forecast to improve to the Code Green range, allergens, which have generally been in the mid range the last few days, are forecast to rise into the High (red range) and stay there for a few days.
The amount of pollen in the air for Sunday will not change appreciably and will remain in the very high range. This is a result of stable humidity. This lack of change in airborne pollen will continue to affect those who suffer from allergies and those who live with the allergy sufferers.
Also deserving attention are repeated large releases of harmful substances from our friends at the Delaware City Refinery:
On April 13, 2015 at 10:50 AM there was a release involving Greater Than 3000.00 LBS of SULFUR DIOXIDE into the air from DELAWARE CITY REFINERY at 4550 WRANGLE HILL RD in DEL CITY.
RELEASE OF ABOUT 3000 POUNDS PER HOUR OF SULFUR DIOXIDE DUE TO REPAIRS TO THE CO BOILER.
On April 28, 2015 at 7:26 AM there was a release involving Greater Than 500.00 LBS./DAY of SULFUR DIOXIDE into the air from DELAWARE CITY REFINING COMPANY at 4550 WRANGLE HILL RD in DELAWARE CITY.
FACILITY REPORTED A LEAK IN THE CO BOILER WHICH WAS RESULTING IN THE RELEASE OF SULFUR DIOXIDE. RELEASE WAS ONGOING AT THE TIME
On April 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM there was a release involving 3500.00 LBS./HR. of SULFUR DIOXIDE into the air from DELAWARE CITY REFINING COMPANY at 4550 WRANGLE HILL RD in DELAWARE CITY.
FACILITY REPORTED A RELEASE OF SULFUR DIOXIDE DUE TO A PROBLEM WITH THE CO BOILER REQUIRING IT TO BE SHUTDOWN. RELEASE WAS ONGOING AT THE TIME OF REPORT. CREWS ARE WORKING TO REPAIR THE PROBLEM.
Sulfur dioxide is a very harmful, very irritating gas and these are large releases–3000 pounds per hour (we don’t trust the numbers) is 72,000 pounds per day.
So, friends, we can only advise you to (1) be aware and and take care, and (2) let elected officials know you want action taken to clean up the air.