Calif city to review safety rules after Chevron refinery fire

23 May 2013 23:38  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) on Thursday lauded the Richmond City Council in California for beginning the process of adopting recommendations made by the federal agency following an investigation into the Chevron refinery fire that occurred in August 2012.

The CSB, which cannot issue citations or fines, had proposed a series of recommendations that would strengthen the city’s industrial safety ordinance and lower the risk of major accidents.

The council unanimously approved a resolution to implement those recommendations during a meeting on 7 May.

“The city’s actions are very positive steps toward preventing future incidents in the City of Richmond,” said CSB chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso.

On 6 August, a fire broke out at the Chevron refinery when gas oil leaked from a severely corroded pipe connected to a crude oil distillation tower.

Earlier this year, the CSB confirmed that the ruptured pipe had extensive sulphidation corrosion, and the agency determined that there were multiple causes for the incident.

Following the investigation, the CSB recommended that regulatory agencies need more resources to monitor US refineries, and safety regulations need to be more authoritative.

The Chevron refinery was restarted in April.

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