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Lack of maintenance, poor communication fouled water for 300,000

What can go wrong when an aboveground tank used to store harmful chemicals isn’t inspected for 10 years?  [Read more…]

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CSB: Flawed safety procedures led to toxic chemical leak, 4 deaths at DuPont plant

A federal agency looking into the exact causes of a toxic chemical leak at a DuPont plant in Texas that killed four workers says its investigation uncovered flawed safety procedures, design problems and inadequate planning.  [Read more…]

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Does fatal explosion show need for more safety regs?

A federal investigation into the fatal fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer plant in Texas points to shortcomings in existing regulations, standards and guidance. Does this case show there is a real need for more safety regulation?  [Read more…]

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Agency recommends adopting ‘safety case’ system in wake of huge fire

A federal agency is recommending a major shift in the way refineries are regulated for safety, shifting more responsibility to the company and turning the system more proactive instead of reactive. [Read more…]

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5 years after BP refinery disaster: What’s changed?

On March 23, 2005, a series of explosions at BP’s Texas City, TX, refinery resulted in 15 fatalities and 170 injuries. [Read more…]

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Video released of major refinery fire: Is national security endangered?

A U.S. company tried — but failed — to block release of a video showing release of a hazardous chemical and a resulting fire, arguing it would “raise substantial issues of national security.” [Read more…]

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Company ignored near misses; blast killed four, injured 28

A government investigation says a chemical company failed to recognize a hazard associated with its manufacturing process even after a number of near-misses. [Read more…]

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