Mayors in Superior and Duluth are asking Husky Energy to stop using hydrogen fluoride, a highly corrosive chemical that could have formed toxic vapor clouds had a storage tank been damaged in last week's explosion.
When a Husky Energy oil refinery tank in Superior, Wisconsin erupted in flames on April 26, 2018 after several rapid explosions, a roiling black cloud was seen drifting over the surrounding area. There were concerns whether or not the facilities hydrogen fluoride tanks would be breached. Thankfully they maintained their integrity and only one tank of asphalt was pierced which was the source of the pitch dark, noxious cloud spreading over the facility and surrounding area.
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