MDEQ Statement on Thursday's Chevron Refinery Fire

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) was notified at 2:20 p.m. Thursday about a fire at the Chevron Refinery in Jackson County.

MDEQ Emergency Response staff are onsite and are working with local emergency management officials and Chevron personnel.  MDEQ is coordinating with Chevron on their ambient air    monitoring to ensure there are no offsite impacts to residents in the area.

Recent reports from MDEQ staff onsite indicate the fire is slowly diminishing and has been contained to the plant area.  The smoke could be out of the area within hours.

MDEQ will continue to work with Chevron and local officials to ensure the safety and health of local residents and the environment.

-released 8/16/07 from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality