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Mar 06, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Final Report and Safety Video on Formosa Plastics Explosion in Illinois, Concludes That Company and Previous Owner Did Not Adequately Plan for Consequences of Human Error

Springfield, Illinois, March 6, 2007 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today issued its final report on the explosion and fire that destroyed the Formosa Plastics plant in Illiopolis, Illinois, on April 23, 2004, concluding that the accident occurred when an operator overrode a critical valve safety interlock on a pressurized vessel making polyvinyl chloride. Vinyl chloride liquid and vapor discharged into the plant and was ignited, resulting in a massive explosion.

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Apr 22, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation of Formosa Accident Continues; Agency Analyzing Evidence, Determining Root Causes

Washington, DC, April 22, 2005 - CSB investigators are nearing completion of equipment testing and are focusing on the analysis of evidence to determine the root causes of the Formosa Plastics accident that occurred in Illiopolis, Illinois, on April 23, 2004, taking the lives of five workers and injuring others. The explosion forced a community evacuation and lighted fires that burned for several days at the plant.

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Apr 30, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Continues Investigation of Formosa Plastics Explosion, Examines Functioning of Plant Fire Safety System for Vinyl Chloride

Washington, DC, April 30, 2004 - Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) are continuing their field work on the April 23 accident at the Formosa Plastics plant in Illiopolis, Illinois, east of Springfield, and plan to enter the area where the explosion originated as soon as structural safety issues are resolved next week.

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Apr 25, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Chairman Merritt Declares Full Root-Cause Investigation of Fatal Accident at Formosa Plastics PVC Plant in Illinois

Illiopolis, Illinois, April 25, 2004 - Calling Friday night's accident at the Formosa Plastics plant here "among the most serious that the Board has investigated in more than six years," U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) Chairman Carolyn W. Merritt announced the Board would conduct a full investigation to determine the root causes of the tragedy and develop safety recommendations to prevent similar accidents in the future. Depending on its course, that investigation may take up to a year or more to complete.

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Apr 24, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation Team En Route to Site of Serious Explosions at Formosa Plastics PVC Plant in Illinois

Washington, DC, April 24, 2004 - Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board are headed to the scene of Friday night's explosions at the Formosa Plastics polyvinyl chloride manufacturing facility in Illiopolis, Illinois, near Springfield, which reportedly killed at least two workers, left others missing, and destroyed most of the plant. The explosions and fire caused a large public evacuation, cut power to local communities, and closed an interstate highway, according to media reports.

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