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    Valero Starts Unit at Corpus Christi, Texas, Refinery (Update1)
    2008-05-19 12:08 (New York)
    By Nesa Subrahmaniyan and Robert Tuttle

         May 19, 2008 (Bloomberg) — Valero Energy Corp., the largest U.S.
    refiner, said emissions reported yesterday at its Corpus
    Christi, Texas, plant were the result of the startup of a
    gasoline unit.
         “We had an upset during the startup of the east plant”
    fluid catalytic cracker, Bill Day, a company spokesman, said in
    an e-mail. There was “no impact to production, since the unit
    had been shut down. Restart process continues.”
         Yellowish smoke was seen coming from the refinery’s East
    plant yesterday evening after 6 p.m.
    local time, KIII-TV
    reported on its Web Site.
         A security guard had trouble breathing and was hosed down
    with water by a Corpus Christi firefighter, stripped of his
    clothes and taken to a hospital as a safety measure
    , the report
         The public was never in danger, and within 30 minutes the
    smoke disappeared, the report said.
         The refinery can process about 146,000 barrels a day,
    according to U.S. Energy Department data.

    –Editor: Clyde Russell, Bill Banker

    To contact the reporter on the story:
    Nesa Subrahmaniyan in Singapore at +65-6212-1509 or
    Robert Tuttle in New York at +1-212-617-3465 or

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