We maintain a list of chemical facility incidents since April 2020 here. Below, you will find additional materials, including Coalition documents, partner reports and articles, government resources, and more.
Internal documents from EPA‘s aborted roll out strategy for “Improving Security and Preventing Releases Caused by Criminal Attacks at Hazardous Chemical Facilities” which would have used the Clean Air Act authority to prevent disasters. (2002)
Hydrogen Fluoride (HF), called hydrofluoric acid when liquid, is one on the most dangerous chemicals in industrial or commercial use. At least 26 million people live within the chemical disaster vulnerability zone of U.S. refineries that continue to use HF even though alternatives are available. According to data from the U.S. EPA’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) program, 145 industrial or commercial facilities use or store HF in amounts that require them to report to the agency.
The explosion and fire at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior, WI on April 26, 2018 that caused several injuries and led to the evacuation of area residents and schools is only the latest near miss at a facility using HF.
Resources on HF and Alternatives
Hydrofluoric Acid hazards and alternatives in ChemHAT.org (the chemical hazard and alternatives toolbox)
United Steelworkers report A Risk Too Great: Hydrofluoric Acid in U.S. Refineries documents 131 HF releases or near misses at U.S. refineries over a five-year period.
Fact Sheet on Alternatives to HF (by independent safety consultant Fred Millar)
Notes on History Channel “Toxic Cloud” episode (by independent safety consultant Fred Millar)