Workers representing Phillips 66 Refinery in Roxana took to the streets this week for a clean up effort, following the release of what it called a non-hazardous inert material on Tuesday. The ashy substance came from the new coker unit and came to rest on homes, businesses, and vehicles in the nearby Heritage Trails Subdivision in Wood River and along Highway 143.
A spokesperson for the company said the release from the coker on Tuesday night was steam containing coke dust which posed no health risk to the community, but they wanted to make sure they addressed any concerns of nearby residents who woke up Wednesday to find a mess. The refinery hired clean up crews to power wash homes and vehicles, and an employee of the company went door to door and offered to answer any questions. If anyone has a question about the release, they can contact the refinery at 255-3375.