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Flaring at Shell Chemical plant in Norco to continue through Sunday

By Naomi Martin, | The Times-Picayune on December 08, 2012 at 10:57 PM, updated December 08, 2012 at 11:28 PM

A malfunctioning Shell Chemical unit located on the Motiva Enterprises campus in Norco that lost power on Thursday was restarted about 10 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the company. The company warned residents that the flaring and smoke that had preceded Thursday’s power outage will continue through Sunday.

Shell Chemical reported the incident to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center at about 8 a.m. on Dec. 2, citing no deaths or injuries associated with the accident. According to a report fropm the center, the plant is releasing unknown amounts of hydrogen sulfide, butadiene and benzene, a known carcinogen.

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