. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Five workers at Navajo Refining Co. were treated and released this afternoon after a minor acid release incident at the local refinery.

Artesia Fire Department and EMS crews were dispatched to Navajo just before 1:30 p.m. today in reference to the incident. The five individuals, who were working in the immediate vicinity at the time of the release, were transported to Artesia General Hospital, where they were treated and released.

Bob O’Brien, vice president and refinery manager at Navajo, said the acid release from one of the refinery’s process units was small and the acid in low concentration. The acid was quickly isolated, and O’Brien said no off-site hazards to the community or the environment were posed.

“Our number-one value here at HollyFrontier and Navajo Refining is that we put health and safety first,” O’Brien said. “That’s obviously our first thought for everyone that works here. We’ve initiated an investigation to understand exactly why the release happened.”