NRC issues report indicating Benzene release from cracker plant in Monaca

Story by Curtis Walsh – Beaver County Radio News Director. Published December 4, 2023 9:32 A.M.

(Monaca, Pa) The United States Coast Guard Natural Response Center filed a report on the release of Benzene from the Shell Polymers Monaca plant on October 21st. The report published by SkyTruth Alerts states that Benzene was released from a processing unit due to a spent caustic thermal oxidizer tripping offline. The report indicated that the release was suspected to be between 10 and 100 pounds.
Local groups are voicing concerns, stating that the public was never notified of the release by Shell, or County officials.

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