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Chevron refinery fire

City makes plans to implement CSB refinery safety recommendations

May 29, 2013

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Richmond, CA – The Richmond City Council in California recently adopted a resolution to implement recommendations from a Chemical Safety Board interim report (.pdf file) on the August 2012 Chevron refinery fire and explosion.

CSB, which traced the incident to corroded piping that had not been upgraded, called on the city to strengthen hazard analysis requirements in the local Industrial Safety Ordinance.

Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin on May 7 introduced a resolution to implement CSB’s recommendations; it was unanimously approved by the city council.

CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso issued a statement calling the action “a very positive step towards preventing future incidents in the city of Richmond.”

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