I've read some things about the oil refinery being fined, oil sprays, toxic air, etc. Also hear that living in an area down wind from the refinery can cause major health issues.
Can someone tell me where to live on the island to so as, not to be in the "red zone"? I'm ignorant in terms of which way the winds blow, etc. Thanks
The prevailing winds are from the east, mostly NE in the winter and mostly SE in the summer. The East End and the North Shore imo are less likely to be affected by gaseous or particulate matter from the refinery. In the summer there is a chance of dust from The Sahara or the Montserrat volcano. The Red zone would include anything downwind or in close proximity. I live out east and have never noticed any oder from the refinery. During a windstorm, anything can happen.
I'm sure other will chime in with their observations and experiences. Good question.
I work across from Hovensa and when it's putting off fumes it's overwhelming. We get a lot of awful rotten egg smells since they process sulfur, or create it...one of the two.
I work upwind so most days are ok, but when the wind swirls or is stagnant it really comes on strong.
There was one "unscheduled release" and the next day when I spoke w Hovensa worker, he asked about my car's paint job. Yikes.
I can't speak to being downwind, but close proximity is enough to be affected.