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U.S. lawmakers call for hearings on Husky’s use of hydrogen fluoride

Superior, WI — Five lawmakers from Minnesota and Wisconsin are calling on the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board to hold hearings in the Twin Ports regarding Husky Energy and their use of a highly toxic chemical.

The letter was signed Wednesday by U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum and Rick Nolan, and Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, of Wisconsin, also signed the letter.

The group is asking the Board to consider hosting hearings to provide an opportunity for open dialogue about the Board’s concerns about the use of hydrogen fluoride at refineries, including Husky Energy.

In the letter, the lawmakers write in part, “Hydrogen fluoride poses a great public risk to the Twin Ports metropolitan area. Workers, residents, and local officials deserve the opportunity to participate in an interim public meeting to provide input into the Husky Refinery investigatory process.”

The April explosion at the Superior refinery injured more than 30 people and forced evacuations throughout the city.

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Jennifer Austin

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