Refinery blamed for toxic smell.
The Louisiana DEQ and the US Coast Guard announced April 3 that they were investigating the complaints. On April 4 they announced a possible culprit: the Chalmette Refinery jointly operated by ExxonMobil and Petroleos de Venezuela, which reported it experienced a leak the morning of April 3.
According to the Coast Guard, the leak contained waste water that could have also included hydrogen sulfide and ammonia.
In a statement, the Coast Guard said: "The facility reported and quickly stopped a leak and, while the investigation is still ongoing, officials currently believe it could be the source of the odor. The leak was contained to a unit at the refinery. Air monitoring was initiated immediately upon discovery." No pressing air quality issues were detected.
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