Violation notice issued to refinery after foul smell makes children feel ill

Posted at 8:04 PM, May 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-23 22:04:10-04

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah – The Davis County Health Department issued a formal nuisance violation notice to a refinery in the wake of an incident that sent a smell through the neighborhood that parents said made school children feel ill.

A lid blew last week at the Silver Eagle Refinery, which is located in Woods Cross, and more than 500 children left school early because they were feeling ill.

Officials determined the odor was non-toxic, but residents said it smelled foul and made them feel sick. The Health department filed the violation notice Friday, and the refinery will have to respond with a detailed account regarding their proposed solution to the issue.

Dennis Keith, deputy director of environmental health for the Davis County Health Department, said the refinery could face a penalty.

“There could be a financial penalty,” he said. “There could be other mitigating factors that they need to put into fixing the problem, that’s sort of part of our ongoing investigation right now. We haven’t made the decision yet on exactly what those penalties will be.”

Keith said officials with the refinery have been cooperative.