CSB to present interim report from August Chevron refinery fire

25 March 2013 18:16  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Chemical Safety Board will present on 19 April an interim report and safety recommendations from an investigation into the August 2012 fire at a Chevron refinery in California, the federal agency announced on Monday.

The report addresses hydrocarbon release following the fire at the refinery’s crude unit in Richmond, where production has been suspended since the incident.

“The CSB determined that 19 Chevron employees were engulfed in a vapour cloud formed by the hydrocarbon release,” the agency said.

“The incident resulted in six minor injuries,” the CSB said. “More than 15,000 residents in the surrounding area sought treatment at area medical facilities as a result of the release and fire.”

The CSB staff will present its interim results from the investigation, including sulphidation corrosion, effective hazard analysis processes, as well as requirements for the use of corrosion-resistant materials in refineries.

Afterward, the CSB will hear from panel members and the public before it considers approving the interim report and recommendations.

The public meeting will be held on 19 April at 18:30 California time at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center.

In February, the CSB determined that the pipe that led to the fire had extensive sulphidation corrosion.

A month earlier, the California Division of Occupational Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA) proposed penalties on Chevron totalling nearly $1m (€770,000) for alleged safety standard violations related to the fire.

($1 = €0.77)

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