Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Chemical Safety Board: Roundup of Current CSB Investigations


At least six incidents are currently under investigation by CSB. A fire in August at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, CA involved the release of a flammable vapor. Although there were no fatalities, CSB labeled the accident “one of the most serious U.S. refinery incidents in recent years.” Other investigations underway are at an October 2012 US Ink factory in East Rutherford, NJ, with no fatalities; Donaldson Enterprises, Inc., Waikele, HI, fireworks storage facility explosion in April 2011, five fatalities; Carbide Industries, Louisville, KY, fire and explosion in March 2011, two fatalities; A.L. Solutions, New Cumberland, WV, titanium powder dust explosion in October 2010, three fatalities; and Millard Refrigerated Services, Theodore, AL, anhydrous ammonia release in August 2010, no fatalities.


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