October 8, 2007

Suncor, Alta Environment work to control emissions from fire at Millennium oil sands site

EDMONTON, ALTA-An early morning fire that broke out on October 2 at Suncor Energy's Millennium oil sands site was quickly extinguished. Although no one was injured, the company evacuated staff from the vicinity of the fire and restricted access to the facility for the rest of the day because of emissions and fumes that were released. Alberta Environment staff attended the site to monitor cleanup work and help Suncor control the release of hydrogen sulfide (H2S). The department dispatched its Mobile Air Monitoring Laboratory (MAML) to measure air quality in the area and Alberta's Environment Support and Emergency Response Team (ASERT) was sent to the fire site as well. The Northern Lights Health Region was also notified. Monitoring of air quality readings downwind from the site following the fire indicated no impact on air quality levels in the Fort McKay area and H2S readings in the area surrounding Suncor began to level off or decline shortly after the incident.

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