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SHELBY COUNTY, TN – On July 25, 2023, the Valero Memphis Refinery at 2385 Riverport Road experienced an unplanned MLGW power interruption that triggered Valero's flare system. During the resulting burn-off process, Valero released excessive confined gas to reduce pressure on the refinery system, increasing flames and smoke.
Valero has filed its required report about the incident with Shelby County Health Department, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and other emergency response agencies. Shelby County Health Department has posted the document on its website here: https://shelbytnhealth.com/DocumentCenter/View/4903/Exceedance-Notifications-Dated-7-25-23.
Shelby County Health Department’s Air Pollution Control Section is reviewing the report, and may investigate further if warranted.
To learn more about Shelby County Health Department’s programs and services, please visit our website: www.shelbytnhealth.com.