ExxonMobil Baton Rouge: Heavy flaring is not harmful

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to officials at ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant, the plant is experiencing heavy flaring due to a power outage at the site.

They say no community impact is expected at this time, and all appropriate agencies have been notified.

In a news release, officials say the flaring is a safe, environmentally approved measure to safely burn virtually all of the excess hydrocarbons that cannot be processed during a unit shutdown, slowdown or restart.

Flares are safety devices and are necessary to ensure the safety of the equipment on which personnel work.

Neighbors within a 2.5 mile radius of the plant have been notified with this information by ExxonMobil.

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