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Total # of Open Recommendations
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Total # of Closed Recommendations
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Total % of Open 23 vs. Closed 77

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Statement of Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland on the 12th Anniversary of the BP Texas City Refinery Disaster

Twelve years ago today, an explosion and fire ripped through the BP Texas City refinery in Texas City, Texas.

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CSB Board Votes on Status of Sixteen Safety Recommendations; Agency Launches New Recommendations Website Feature

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has recently voted to update the status of sixteen recommendations resulting from twelve accident investigations.

Statement from CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on the Passing of Noted Chemical Process Safety Expert Professor Trevor Kletz

Statement from CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on the Passing of Noted Chemical Process Safety Expert Professor Trevor Kletz

Jul 25, 2013 03:32 PM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Determines OSHA Response to Seven Open CSB Recommendations on Dust, Fuel Gas, and Process Safety Management to be “Unacceptable;” Board Votes to Designate a Combustible Dust Standard as “Most Wanted”

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Determines OSHA Response to Seven Open CSB Recommendations on Dust, Fuel Gas, and Process Safety Management to be “Unacceptable;” Board Votes to Designate a Combustible Dust Standard as “Most Wanted”

Apr 18, 2013 02:34 PM

CSB Postpones April 24 Public Meeting in Washington on Fatigue and CSB Recommendations

Meeting postponed due to CSB deployment to West Fertilizer Plant Accident

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Mar 29, 2013 12:44 PM

Notice of Additional Information for Sunshine Act Meeting

Notice of Additional Information for Sunshine Act Meeting

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CSB Announces Availability of Draft Fatigue Evaluation for Public Comment, April 24 Public Meeting in Washington, DC

Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board announced that it will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss the status of its March 2007 recommendation that the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the United Steelworkers International Union (USW) jointly lead the development of an ANSI consensus standard with guidelines for fatigue prevention in the refinery and petrochemical industries. The recommendation was the result of the CSB’s investigation into the 2005 fire and explosion at the B​

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Mar 11, 2013 08:25 PM

Fatigue Evaluation for Public Comment

Fatigue Evaluation for Public Comment

Jul 20, 2012 12:00 AM

Better safety data could help prevent oil industry disasters - By Rafael Moure-Eraso

Click the following link to view the article on chron.com - http://bit.ly/Lxc81F

Jun 21, 2010 12:00 AM

Letter to Chairmen Henry A. Waxman and Bart Stupak

As requested, I have attached the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) scoring of the BP/Deepwater Horizon/Transocean incident that occurred on April 20, 2010.

Jun 21, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB to Investigate Root Causes of BP Deepwater Horizon Blowout Accident: Announcement Made in Letter by Chairman John Bresland to U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce

CSB to Investigate Root Causes of BP Deepwater Horizon Blowout Accident: Announcement Made in Letter by Chairman John Bresland to Chairman Henry Waxman of House Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Bart Stupak of Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

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Mar 23, 2010 02:00 PM

Statement from CSB Chairman John Bresland on 5th Anniversary of Fatal BP Texas City 2005 Explosion

Five years ago today, at about 1:20 p.m., a series of explosions rocked the BP Texas City refinery during the restart of a hydrocarbon isomerization unit. Fifteen workers were killed and 170 others were injured. Many of the victims were working in or around work trailers located near an atmospheric vent stack. The explosions occurred when a distillation tower flooded with hydrocarbons and was over- pressurized, causing a geyser-like release from the vent stack. The hydrocarbons found an ignition source and exploded.

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Oct 30, 2009 12:00 AM

The following statement from CSB Chairman John Bresland concerns OSHA’s announcement today of regulatory action against BP Products North America and its Texas City refinery

Today’s announcement by OSHA alleges extensive and serious safety violations by the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas. The citations stem from OSHA’s continuing inspection work following the March 23, 2005, accident that killed 15 workers and injured 180 others. While these OSHA citations are not yet final, they are of great concern to me because they strongly suggest that BP has yet to achieve an effective safety culture with regard to process safety management.

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Jul 10, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Chairman Merritt Describes the Lessons from Five Years of Board Investigations to Senate Committee, Urges Additional Resources and Clearer Authorities for Federal Safety Efforts

Washington, DC, July 10, 2007- In testimony today before a Senate subcommittee, U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Carolyn W. Merritt said that federal regulatory oversight of the petrochemical industry should be strengthened, BP's safety culture was flawed, and American communities are unprepared for chemical disasters.

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May 16, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Chairman Carolyn Merritt Tells House Subcommittee of "Striking Similarities" in Causes of BP Texas City Tragedy and Prudhoe Bay Pipeline Disaster

Washington, DC, May 16, 2007 - U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Chairman Carolyn W. Merritt today told members of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that she found "striking similarities" between the causes of the fatal BP accident in Texas City, Texas, in 2005, and the company's pipeline failure at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in 2006 which resulted in the leakage of more than 200,000 gallons of oil. The pipeline suffered extensive corrosion due to lack of maintenance over several years. ​

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Apr 24, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Posts Korean-Language Version of BP Refinery Explosion Animation

Washington, DC, April 24, 2007 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has posted on www.CSB.gov a Korean translation of the animation depicting the BP Texas City refinery explosion. This will mark the fourth non-English translation of the BP animation available on the website. It has also been also translated into German, French, and Spanish. These, as well as all CSB safety videos may be viewed at www.csb.gov / Video Room.

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Apr 23, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Board Member William E. Wright Calls on American Petroleum Institute to Revise Guidelines on Siting of Work Trailers

Houston, Texas, April 23, 2007 - William E. Wright, a board member of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), today called on the American Petroleum Institute (API) to revise its draft recommended practices for the use and siting of trailers and other portable buildings in and around hazardous process areas in refineries and chemical plants. The API is the largest oil industry association and sets important guidelines for its members.

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Mar 22, 2007 12:00 AM

Testifying before House Committee on Education and Labor, Chairman Carolyn W. Merritt Calls for Increasing Oversight of Refining Industry by OSHA

Washington, DC, March 22, 2007 - Carolyn W. Merritt, Chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), told a congressional committee today there should be increased oversight of the oil refining industry by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in order to prevent accidents such as the one that occurred at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas, in 2005. She spoke before the House Committee on Education and Labor, chaired by U.S. Rep. George Miller of California who convened the hearing "to examine what we can learn from the missteps that preceded this disaster in order to help prevent future ones."

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Mar 20, 2007 12:00 AM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Concludes "Organizational and Safety Deficiencies at All Levels of the BP Corporation" Caused March 2005 Texas City Disaster That Killed 15, Injured 180

UPDATED 9:30 p.m. CDT March 20, 2007, Texas City, Texas - At a public meeting here tonight attended by more than 200 people, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) voted 5-0 to approve its final report on the March 2005 explosion at the BP Texas City Refinery, the worst U.S. industrial accident since 1990. The full text of the report and safety recommendations will be posted on CSB.gov within the next week.

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Mar 07, 2007 12:00 AM

Board to Convene March 20 Public Meeting in Texas City, Texas, to Release and Vote upon Final Report on BP Refinery Disaster

March 7, 2007 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced today that it will convene a public meeting on the evening of Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at the Nessler Center in Texas City, Texas, to release its final investigation report on the explosion at the nearby BP refinery that took 15 lives and injured 180 on March 23, 2005.

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Oct 31, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Calls on Oil Industry to Eliminate Atmospheric Blowdown Drums Similar to Equipment at BP Texas City Refinery; Urges New OSHA "Emphasis Program" throughout U.S.

Houston, Texas, October 31, 2006 - On a unanimous vote of 5 to 0, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today issued new safety recommendations calling on the U.S. oil industry to improve safety practices for refinery pressure relief systems, eliminating the type of atmospheric vent that caused the hydrocarbon release and explosions that killed 15 workers and injured 180 at the BP Texas City refinery on March 23, 2005.

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Oct 15, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Safety Bulletin on BP Texas City Major Fire: Better Material Identification Needed, Errors During Systems Maintenance Cited; Fire Caused $30 Million in Property Damage

Houston, Texas, October 15, 2006- The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued a safety bulletin and new safety recommendations today based on the investigation of the July 28, 2005, hydrogen fire in the resid hydrotreater unit (RHU) at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas.

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Jul 17, 2006 12:00 AM

German Translation of CSB Animation of the Explosion at BP Refinery, Texas City, Texas, Now Available

Washington, DC, July 17, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today posted on the agency's website a German translation of the narrated video of the accident at BP's Texas City refinery which occurred March 2005. This video, as well as the eight English language CSB Safety Videos, may be viewed online at the Video Room on CSB.gov.

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Jun 30, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Releases Trailer Blast Damage Information from BP Texas City Accident

Washington, DC, June 30, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced it is releasing detailed trailer blast damage information developed during the ongoing investigation of the March 23, 2005, explosions at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas. The information was posted to the agency's website, CSB.gov, and also provided to the American Petroleum Institute (API), the trade organization that is working to develop new guidance on the safe placement of trailers and similar temporary structures used in the oil and chemical industry.

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Mar 23, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation Continues as Texas City Marks First Anniversary of BP Refinery Explosion

Washington, DC, March 23, 2006 - On the first anniversary of the refinery explosion at BP Texas City that killed 15 people and injured 170 others, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is continuing to investigate many aspects of the disaster. The Board expects to issue its final report on the accident, including a determination of root causes and new safety recommendations, at a public meeting in Texas City in late 2006.

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Oct 27, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Preliminary Findings in BP Texas City Refinery Accident; Investigators Present Data in Public Meeting

Texas City, Texas, October 27, 2005 - In preliminary findings set to be released at a public meeting here tonight, investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board have identified six key safety issues underlying the March 23 explosions and fire at BP's Texas City refinery, an incident which killed 15 workers and injured 170 others. The six identified safety issues were: ​

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Oct 25, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Urgent Recommendations to U.S. Petrochemical Industry, Calls for Safer Placement of Trailers for Workers in Wake of BP Tragedy

Washington, DC, October 25, 2005 - On a unanimous vote, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today issued two new urgent safety recommendations in its investigation of the March 2005 refinery disaster at BP Texas City, calling for the safer placement of trailers for workers at petrochemical facilities throughout the U.S.

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Oct 12, 2005 12:00 AM

Board to Hold October 27 Community Meeting in Texas City, Texas, to Release Preliminary Findings and Hear Public Comments on BP America Texas City Refinery Investigation

Washington, DC, October 12, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has announced a community meeting in Texas City, Texas, on Thursday, October 27, 2005, at 6:00 p.m. at the Doyle Convention Center. At the meeting, CSB investigators will present preliminary findings in their investigation of the March 23, 2005, explosion and fire at BP America's Texas City refinery.

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Aug 17, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Urgent Safety Recommendation to BP Global Board, Calls for Creation of Independent Panel to Examine Corporate Safety Management, Oversight, and Safety Culture

Houston, Texas, August 17, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, (CSB) today issued an urgent recommendation calling on the BP Global Executive Board of Directors to commission an independent panel that would review a range of safety management and culture issues in the wake of recent chemical accidents at BP's south Texas facilities.

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Jul 30, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Investigators Continue Assessment of July 28 Explosion and Fire at BP Texas City Refinery

Washington, DC, July 30, 2005 - Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board today continued a preliminary investigation into the explosion and fire which occurred at the BP Texas City refinery on Thursday, July 28, 2005. CSB Investigators Giby Joseph and Francisco Altamirano visited the site where the accident occurred for a second time. They continued interviewing plant operators, and requested additional documentation and other information from the company regarding the chemical process underway at the time of the accident. They arranged for eyewitnesses to be interviewed early in the week, and announced their intention to arrange testing protocols -- to examine a pipe that separated from a flange -- to determine what caused it to fail. Mr. Joseph said the explosion occurred during what appeared to be a normal operation in the reactor section of the plant's Resid Hydrotreater Unit # 1, or RHU, when an eight-inch pipe connected to a heat exchanger failed at the flange. (Flanges are pipe fittings which are used to connect equipment such as pipes and valves.)

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Apr 28, 2005 12:00 AM

Statement of Board Member John S. Bresland Updating the Status of the CSB's Investigation at the BP Texas City Refinery

I am John Bresland, Board Member of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board the CSB. We are the independent federal agency that has been investigating the cause of the tragedy at the BP Texas City refinery for the past five weeks. With me at the podium is CSB investigator-in-charge Don Holmstrom, who is leading the field investigation. We currently have a staff of 10 investigators and experts at the site. We expect this field phase of our root cause investigation to continue for a number of additional weeks. In our first five weeks, we have conducted detailed interviews of about 120 witnesses and collected more than 10,000 pages of documentary evidence.

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Apr 01, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Investigators Enter Blast Site at BP America Texas City Refinery

Washington, DC, April 1, 2005, 7 p.m. Eastern time - A team of three U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) investigators entered the BP Texas City refinery isomerization unit for the first time today since the March 23 explosion. The team consisted of Investigation Manager Bill Hoyle, the lead investigator; Investigation Manager Stephen Selk, PE, a chemical engineer; and Investigator John Vorderbrueggen, PE, a mechanical engineer.

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Mar 26, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation of BP America Texas City Tragedy Continues as Investigators Prepare to Enter Blast Site; Investigators Focusing on "Raffinate Splitter" within Refinery Isomerization Unit

Texas City, Texas, March 26, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) continued its investigation today of the March 23 tragedy at the BP America Texas City refinery, as investigators prepared to enter the explosion site for the first time. Entry is expected as early as Monday when appropriate air monitoring equipment is in place.

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Mar 23, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Investigative Team Headed to BP America Explosion Site in Texas City

Washington, DC, March 23, 2005 - Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) are en route to Texas City, Texas, site of a reported explosion and fire earlier this afternoon. Texas City is near Galveston, approximately 40 miles southeast of Houston.

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