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Imperial advises of darker emissions, increased traffic as shutdown gets underway

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Residents may notice darker-than-normal emissions from Imperial Oil’s Sarnia site, officials said this week.

“As a result of Imperial Sarnia’s planned maintenance turnaround, emissions from the boiler stack at our site may temporarily appear darker than normal,” the company said in a Lambton Alerts notice. “Imperial does not expect emissions from the refinery to exceed government guidelines.

“Testing during similar past events indicates emissions have not exceeded health related air quality standards during those occurrences,” the company added. “The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks has been notified.”

Imperial Sarnia site’s 2023 Maintenance Turnaround is underway, with an additional 1,200 contractors expected onsite over the next couple of months.

Nearby residents and drivers can expect an increase in vehicle traffic around the facility, especially at the beginning and end of shifts.

“This maintenance turnaround will give us an opportunity to make repairs and upgrades to our equipment, helping to keep the site running safely and efficiently,” the company stated. “We appreciate the patience of the community as we undertake this period of heavy activity.”

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