Parachute Creek spill: Day 35

Crews at the site of spill four miles north of Parachute, Colo., at the Parachute Creek Gas Plant on Monday, Mar. 18, 2013.  (The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | Dean Humphrey)

Crews at the site of spill four miles north of Parachute, Colo., at the Parachute Creek Gas Plant on Monday, Mar. 18, 2013. (The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | Dean Humphrey)

Breaking News —

OSHA probes worker safety at plume site
Subcontractor employees say they were exposed to harmful chemicals near Parachute Creek

PARACHUTE, Colorado — Federal workplace safety officials have been looking into possible worker safety hazards at the Parachute plume site since April 2, according to an official with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Juan Rodriguez, the Dallas-based deputy regional director of OSHA, said the agency had not heard about the Parachute Creek plume until it was tipped off by a March 29 call from a Post Independent reporter.

The reporter asked whether an OSHA investigation had been started in connection with the plume incident and was told no such investigation had been formally opened at that time.

By April 2, Rodriguez said, a formal investigation had begun into reports that employees at the plume site were working without the proper protective gear …

Grand Valley Citizens Alliance Chair Leslie Robinson said:

“If some workers were unaware of the benzene danger until they read about it in the newspaper, one could guess that the clothes worn at the Parachute Plume were washed at home or at a commercial laundromat. How about workers’ personal trucks?

“Just to be safe, since extreme benzene levels have been found in the soil at the Parachute Plume, I hope health officials will test homes and vehicles for possible contamination.”

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