The Columbus Dispatch reports that in an emergency hearing, the Ohio Attorney General’s office asked Environmental Court Judge Harland Hale to close the Heartland Refinery after odors emitted in the past week caused workers in a building across the street to suffer from headaches, nausea, eye and throat irritation and breathing problems. The judge warned the refinery that he would do so if there is another odor release.

We blogged in June that the Ohio Attorney General filed a lawsuit asking the Franklin County Common Pleas Court to order Heartland Refinery Group to repair air pollution control equipment required by its air permit. In December, 2009, an estimated 4000 people were evacuated when a blown gasket at the refinery released a vapor cloud that officials feared was hydrogen sulfide.

I currently represent hundreds of similarly situated people around the country in various landfill and other environmental litigation cases. To find out if The Simon Law Firm can help with an environmental lawsuit, contact environmental lawyer Todd Hageman.