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Beyond the Headlines: Husky Energy refinery explosion update

SUPERIOR, WI — It’s been almost six months now since an explosion and fire at Superior’s Husky Energy refinery rocked the Twin Ports, sending thick plumes of toxic black smoke miles into the air and forcing the evacuation of most of the city.

No one was killed, but 36 people were injured in the blast. And ever since, several unanswered questions have lingered for many in the community, including concerns over the refinery’s use of Hydrogen Fluoride–a potentially deadly chemical–if it were to be released.

But there has been some progress in the pursuit of answers:

 

 

 

 

In this week’s episode of Beyond the Headlines Dan Wolfe sits down with Ginger Juel, co-founder of the citizen watchdog group known as Twin Ports Action Alliance. The organization of concerned citizens has been heavily involved with getting answers from Husky Energy in the aftermath of the April explosion. Juel weighs in on the OSHA citations, calls from lawmakers for more transparency, and more.

Wolfe also sits down with Sen. Janet Bewley [D-Ashland], whose expansive district covers much of Northwest Wisconsin, including Superior. Sen. Bewley also weighs in on the latest developments.

 

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