A new environmental survey has found no serious health dangers stemming from a controversial Unocal oil-processing plant in Huntington Beach, but a spokesman for residents in the area said the study has nonetheless found reasons for concern.
The spokesman, Jim Bridges, said residents still are not convinced that emissions from the plant pose no harm.
"It is our opinion that more questions were raised than answered, and that further effort will be required to ensure the well-being of our community," Bridges said in a letter to Unocal this week.
The new environmental study, made by Meredith/Boli & Associates of Los Angeles, said its air sampling found no serious health problem.
The controversy revolves around Unocal's plant at 4541 Heil Ave., in the Huntington Harbour area. The processing facility, which is called "Fort Apache" by residents and the oil company alike, separates water from oil newly dredged from offshore wells. The remaining crude oil is then moved by underground pipes to refineries outside Orange County.