Newcastle Refinery Accident Prompts Health Probe

Newcastle, WY – Federal environmental officials want to know how a refinery accident in Newcastle has affected the health of area residents. The 2002 accident at Wyoming Refinery released 20 tons of powdered silica into the air. The Environmental Protection Agency has asked for a public health assessment of the Newcastle community by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency wants to focus on whether inhaling the powdered silica caused asthma, chronic bronchitis, lung fibrosis and other respiratory ailments.