Leak at Exxon Mobil refinery closes Will County road - FOX 32 News Chicago

Leak at Exxon Mobil refinery closes Will County road

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CHANNAHON TWP., Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An airborne release of gasoline from a southwest suburban ExxonMobil Refinery has caused slick conditions on some area roads Friday morning, but it not considered a health hazard.

"It looks like it has ended on the north end of Elwood," Will County Sheriff's Dept. spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said. "It is causing a slick film on the roadways."

ExxonMobil released a statement saying a "non-toxic, oil-based product has been released into the air" but the "leak/mist has been stopped."

The company "deployed industrial hygienists to monitor the area and no health impacts have been identified," according to the statement, which described the product released into the air as "gasoline and heavier material that is part of the crude oil refining process."

Will County spokeswoman Anastasia Tuskey said the release is not considered a health hazard. "The only reason (the road) was closed is because it got a little slippery," she said.

Arsenal Road has been closed between I-55 and Baseline Road in Elwood since 9 a.m. because it was so slippery after the material fell on the road. County highway crews have been laying sand on the road to make it drivable again. The sheriff's department said it would remain closed for the rest of the business day Friday.

ExxonMobil said it is taking the following steps because of the release:

— It will reimburse anyone in the area who had to have their cars washed because they were soiled by the product. People should keep receipts from the car wash.

— Semi-trailers can by washed at A&R Transport, 2223 Empress Rd. in Joliet. No "out-of-pocket payment" will be required.

— A toll-free claims number will be set up for people whose vehicles or property were impacted. Those with additional questions can call (714) 815-7411.

Sheriff's police late Friday morning were checking other area roads to see if they were affected, including area between I-55, where the refinery is located, and Route 53.

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