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Aug 26, 2014 09:09 AM

CSB Chairperson Moure-Eraso Warns About Danger of Hot Work on Tanks Containing Biological or Organic Material

Earlier this month a team of CSB investigators deployed to the Omega Protein facility in Moss Point, Mississippi, where a tank explosion on July 28, 2014, killed a contract worker and severely injured another.

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Aug 23, 2014 04:14 PM

The Danger of Combustible Dust - NYT Op-ed

By Rafael Moure-Eraso

Aug 15, 2014 04:08 PM

CSB Releases Analysis Showing February 2014 Release of Sulfuric Acid at Tesoro Refinery in Martinez, California, Resulted from Inadequately Tightened Fitting

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a technical evaluation report on tubing samples taken from the Tesoro Refinery in Martinez, California, concluding that a sulfuric acid spill on February 12, 2014, resulted from insufficient tightening between a tube and a compression joint at a sulfuric acid sampling station.

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Aug 06, 2014 01:20 PM

CSB Emphasizes Existing Resources Available on Hot Work Safety

Safety Videos, Safety Bulletin and Accident Investigations Call Attention to the Hazards of Welding or Cutting Near Storage Tanks

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Aerial view of 2008 Imperial Sugar Accident
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View of Accident Site Following 2011 Fire and Explosion
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CSB July 16 Public Meeting in Charleston, WV

CSB Will Hold July 16 Public Meeting in Charleston, WV to Release Investigation into 2010 Fatal Accident in New Cumberland, WV and Update the Public on Ongoing Investigation into Chemical Leak at Freedom Industries

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CSB Releases New Computer Animation of 2010 Deepwater Horizon Blowout

The CSB today released a narrated computer animation recreating the Deepwater Horizon blowout on April 20, 2010.

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CSB Board Approves Final Report Finding Deepwater Horizon Blowout Preventer Failed Due to Unrecognized Pipe Buckling Phenomenon During Emergency Well-Control Efforts on April 20, 2010, Leading to Environmental Disaster in Gulf of Mexico

Houston, Texas, June 5, 2014— The blowout preventer (BOP) that was intended to shut off the flow of high-pressure oil and gas from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico during the disaster on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20, 2010, failed to seal the well because drill pipe buckled for reasons the offshore drilling industry remains largely unaware of, according to a new two-volume draft investigation report released today by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB).

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May 02, 2014 04:28 PM

Statement by CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso Commending Unanimous Board Approval of "Landmark" Tesoro Refinery Accident Investigation

Tesoro Report and Recommendations Presented at Public Meeting in Anacortes, Washington, May 1, 2014 ​

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May 01, 2014 02:49 AM

CSB Responses to Tesoro Public Comments

Public Comments and CSB Staff Responses

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Statements from the CSB's April 22 News Conference in Dallas, TX on ongoing West Fertilizer Investigation

Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso's and Team Lead Johnnie Bank's Statement from CSB News Conference in Dallas, TX.

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Apr 22, 2014 11:23 AM

Chemical Safety Board Ongoing Investigation Emphasizes Lack of Protection for Communities at Risk from Ammonium Nitrate Storage Facilities; Finds Lack of Regulation at All Levels of Government

Today the CSB released preliminary findings into the April 17, 2013, West Fertilizer explosion and fire in West, Texas, which resulted in at least14 fatalities, 226 injuries, and widespread community damage.

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Statement by CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on Fourth Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Tragedy in Gulf of Mexico; CSB Investigation Reports to be Released at June 5th Public Meeting in Houston, Texas

The comprehensive Chemical Safety Board investigation of the Macondo well blowout is in the final stages of completion and the first two volumes are planned to be released at a public meeting in Houston on June 5.

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CSB to Hold Public Meeting in West, TX on April 22, 2014

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) will convene a public meeting on April 22, 2014, starting a 5:30 p.m. at the Southside Community Center, 205 Tokio Rd, West, TX 76691.

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Apr 10, 2014 09:26 AM

CSB Releases Analysis Showing Cause of Rupture and Hydrogen Blast in 2009 Silver Eagle Refinery Accident in Woods Cross, Utah; Pipe Walls Thinned due to Corrosion that went Uninspected for Years

CSB Releases Analysis Showing Cause of Rupture and Hydrogen Blast in 2009 Silver Eagle Refinery Accident in Woods Cross, Utah; Pipe Walls Thinned due to Corrosion that went Uninspected for Years

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Public comments on the CSB’s Draft Tesoro Anacortes Refinery Investigation Report

Investigation report into the April 2, 2010, explosion and fire that fatally injured seven employees​

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CSB Announces Public Meeting in Anacortes Washington to Vote on Final Report into Fatal 2010 Tesoro Refinery Explosion

CSB will hold public meeting in Anacortes, WA on May 1, 2014, to conduct board vote on the CSB's final Tesoro Investigation Report

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U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's response to OSHA's December 9, 2013 Request for Information (at 78 FR 73756) on potential revisions to several agency standards, including the Process Safety Management standard

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's (CSB's) response to OSHA's December 9, 2013 Request for Information (at 78 FR 73756) on potential revisions to several agency standards, including the Process Safety Management standard.

Mar 18, 2014 03:11 PM

Statement from Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on the CSB 2015 Budget Justification

Chairman Moure-Eraso Statement on CSB 2015 Budget Justification

Testimony of U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso at March 6, 2014, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing

Hearing Entitled “Preventing Potential Chemical Threats and Improving Safety: Oversight of the President’s Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security”

In Open Letter to Tesoro Corporation President, CSB Board Demands Company Cooperate with Safety Investigation

Letter expresses disappointment in Tesoro's recent actions blocking the CSB from investigating the February 12, 2014, sulfuric acid release and resulting serious injuries at the Tesoro refinery in Martinez, California.

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CSB Investigator Dr. Mary Beth Mulcahy Presents Lessons Chemists Can Learn to Prevent Chemical Accidents in American Chemical Society Webinar

Watch "Tragic Chemical Accidents: Tales, Investigations, and Lessons Learned" - available until March 6, 2014.

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The human costs paid at the Anacortes Tesoro refinery

Too many corporations are letting essential refinery equipment run to failure. The human cost is too great to bear, writes guest columnist Rafael Moure-Eraso.

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Photo of holes in Freedom Industries crude MCHM tank

CSB Testimony from Transportation and Infrastructure Field Hearing on Charleston, WV Chemical Spill

CSB Testimony from Transportation and Infrastructure Field Hearing on Charleston, WV Chemical Spill

CSB Releases New Computer Animation of 2010 Explosion and Fire that Killed Seven Workers at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Washington

The CSB today released a new computer animation recreating the explosion and fire that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Washington on April 2, 2010.

CSB Investigation Finds 2010 Tesoro Refinery Fatal Explosion Resulted from High Temperature Hydrogen Attack Damage to Heat Exchanger

Company Failed to Apply Inherently Safer Technology, Did Not Install Damage-Resistant Materials. State and National Chemical Safety Regulations Designed to Protect Workers and Surrounding Communities Should be Strengthened, Draft Report Says

"The Next Accident Awaits"

In New York Times op-ed, CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso says "The United States is facing an industrial chemical safety crisis."

CSB Deploys to Chemical Spill in Charleston, WV

The CSB is Deploying to WV following massive chemical leak into Elk River.

Jan 07, 2014 04:49 PM

Working Papers on the Safety Case Regulatory Model and its Attributes

Working papers prepared for the CSB and pertinent reference documents considered during the CSB's Macondo investigation.

Statement from CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure Eraso on High School Laboratory Fire in New York City

Statement from CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on high school lab accidents

CSB to Hold Public Meeting on January 30, 2014, in Anacortes, WA, to Release Tesoro Investigation Report

CSB will release its final report into the 2010 fatal refinery accident at a public meeting in Anacortes, WA, on January 30, 2014.

Chevron Regulatory Report Draft for Public Comment

The draft report is available for public comment until Friday, January 3, 2014. Comments should be sent to chevroncomments@csb.gov. All comments received will be reviewed and published on the CSB website.​

In Wake of Chevron 2012 Pipe Rupture and Fire in Bay Area CSB Draft Report Proposes Overhaul of Refinery Industry Regulatory System in California and Urges Adoption of the Safety Case Regime to Prevent Major Chemical Accidents

In Wake of Chevron 2012 Pipe Rupture and Fire in Bay Area, CSB Draft Report Proposes Overhaul of Refinery Industry Regulatory System in California; Urges Adoption of the “Safety Case” Regime to Prevent Major Chemical Accidents

CSB Releases Safety Message on Preventing Accidents in High School Chemistry Labs

“After the Rainbow" focuses on potential dangers in high school chemistry laboratories

CSB follow-up letter to DOT regarding emergency shutdown systems for chlorine railcars

CSB releases follow-up letter to DOT regarding emergency shutdown systems for chlorine rail-cars

Statement of Christina Morgan, MPH, Recommendations Specialist on behalf of the US Chemical Safety Board; EO 13650 Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security Listening Session November 15, 2013

Statement of the Christina Morgan, US Chemical Safety Board Recommendations Specialist; on Executive Order 13650 Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security Listening Session

CSB Releases Safety Video on 2009 Fatal Blast at NDK Crystal Animation Depicts Stress Corrosion Cracking; Vessels Were Not Inspected or Tested

CSB Releases Safety Video on 2009 Fatal Blast at NDK Crystal Animation Depicts Stress Corrosion Cracking; Vessels Were Not Inspected or Tested

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

Nov 04, 2013 11:41 AM

CSB Commends National Fire Protection Association for Expedited Development of a Comprehensive Standard for Fuel Gas Safety

CSB Commends National Fire Protection Association for Expedited Development of a Comprehensive Standard for Fuel Gas Safety.

CSB Announces Public Meeting to Release Case Study and New Safety Video on 2009 Accident at NDK Crystal

CSB Announces Public Meeting to Release Case Study and New Safety Video on 2009 Accident at NDK Crystal

In Safety Message, CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso Calls for Regulatory Coverage of Reactive Chemicals Following the West Fertilizer Explosion and Fire

In a new video safety message released today, CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso calls for regulatory coverage of reactive chemicals following the massive ammonium nitrate explosion that killed at least 14 people and devastated the town of West, Texas, on April 17, 2013.

Aug 01, 2013 04:36 PM

Statement from Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on Executive Order Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security

Statement from Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on Executive Order “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security”

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”

Jul 24, 2013 01:08 PM

In Statement, CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso Applauds Appeals Court Ruling Requiring Transocean to Turn Over Subpoenaed Documents in Agency Investigation of Macondo Accident in Gulf of Mexico

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana, refused to grant Transocean Deepwater Drilling, Inc., owner of the Deepwater Horizon, a stay of a recent federal district court order that the company promptly turn over documents that the CSB has subpoenaed in the course of our investigation into the April 2010 explosion at the Macondo drilling facility in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jul 23, 2013 01:55 PM

CSB Chairman Commends DuPont for its Updated Global Hot Work Standard; Recommendation to Company Closed as Acceptable Response

CSB Chairman Commends DuPont for its Updated Global Hot Work Standard; Recommendation to Company Closed as “Acceptable” Response

Jul 12, 2013 10:57 AM

Chairperson Moure-Eraso Applauds Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety Draft Report

Chairperson Moure-Eraso Comments Draft Report Entitled "Improving Public and Worker Safety at Oil Refineries"​

Jun 27, 2013 07:19 PM

Testimony of Rafael Moure-Eraso, Ph.D. Chairperson, U.S. Chemical Safety Board Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works June 27, 2013

Full Committee hearing entitled, “Oversight of Federal Risk Management and Emergency Planning Programs to Prevent and Address Chemical Threats, Including the Events Leading Up to the Explosions in West, TX and Geismar, LA”

Jun 21, 2013 10:26 PM

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure Eraso Will Testify Before the Envrionment and Public Works Committee on Thursday June 27, 2013

Hearing entitled, "Oversight of Federal Risk Management and Emergency Planning Program to Prevent and Address Chemical Threats, Including the Events Leading Up to the Explosion in West, TX and Geismar, LA," will take place at 10 am in 406 Dirksen

Jun 07, 2013 10:43 AM

Statement by Chemical Safety Board Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on Mississippi Supreme Court Decision Upholding County Law to Require Fencing, Gates, and Warning Signs at Oil and Gas Sites

Yesterday’s decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court upholding a county law to require fencing, gates and warning signs at oil and gas sites is an important one that will ultimately save the lives of teenagers who are tempted to socialize at these locations

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Jun 05, 2013 02:04 PM

CSB Releases New 3-Disc Safety Video DVD Set; Contains 31 CSB Productions Depicting Variety of Accidents

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board today announced production and release of a new three-disc, single-box set containing all safety videos produced to date for completed CSB accident investigations.

Jun 03, 2013 02:02 PM

Statement from CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on the Death of Senator Frank Lautenberg

I wish to express my sincere condolences to the family, colleagues, and constituents of Senator Frank Lautenberg, who passed away today.

May 23, 2013 04:11 PM

Statement from Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso Applauding the Recent Action by the City of Richmond, California to Adopt CSB Safety Recommendations

Statement from Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso Applauding the Recent Action by the City of Richmond, California to Adopt CSB Safety Recommendations

May 16, 2013 04:14 PM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Root-Cause Investigation of West Explosion Continues

Board to Examine Ammonium Nitrate Storage, Siting, Fire Protection, and Preparedness Issues

May 03, 2013 12:39 PM

CSB Releases Video Documenting the Blast Damage in West, Texas

On May 3, 2013, U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigator Jerad Denton took a film crew into West, Texas, to document the level of community damage from the fertilizer explosion that killed 14 and injured about 200 others. This 3-minute video shows the devastation.

Apr 30, 2013 03:40 PM

Senate Environment Committee Chairman Calls for Comprehensive CSB Investigation of West Fertilizer Accident

Link to full text of news release: http://is.gd/bFeio0

Apr 19, 2013 05:00 PM

CSB Board Members Approve Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire Interim Investigation Report

The interim report was approved at a public meeting in Richmond, California on April 19, 2013

Apr 19, 2013 12:19 PM

CSB Releases Narrated Safety Video Containing Detailed Animation of August 6, 2012 Chevron Refinery Accident

Video was released during CSB public meeting Friday April 19, 2013, at the Richmond Civic Center.

Apr 18, 2013 02:53 PM

In Cooperation with Cal OSHA, CSB Releases Technical Report on Corrosion Found in Chevron El Segundo Refinery Crude Unit Piping

Study Finds up to 60% Wall Thinning in Carbon Steel Pipe Similar to Chevron Richmond Refinery Pipe that Led to Massive Hydrocarbon Release in August 2012

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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Don Holmstrom and his team in Texas to investigate the West Fertilizer accident
Apr 18, 2013 12:53 AM

Chemical Safety Board Deploying to West Fertilizer Accident

Investigators will arrive onsite Thursday

Apr 16, 2013 04:18 PM

CSB Draft Interim Report on 2012 Chevron Fire Notes Company Failed to Apply Inherently Safer Design That Could Have Prevented the Accident

Missed opportunities to apply inherently safer design, failure to identify and evaluate damage mechanism hazards, and the lack of effective safeguards culminated in the vapor cloud release and massive fire that occurred at the Chevron refinery on August 6, 2012, a draft report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has found. The investigation team concluded that enhanced regulatory oversight with greater worker involvement and public participation are needed to improve oil refinery safety.

Apr 15, 2013 02:25 PM

Chevron Draft Interim Report for Public Comment

Link to the CSB's Draft Report for Public Comment

Apr 11, 2013 06:01 PM

CSB's 2014 Budget Justification

CSB's 2014 Budget Justification

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Apr 05, 2013 05:00 PM

Testimony of Don Holmstrom and Dan Tillema, P.E., U.S. Chemical Safety Board

Before the California East Bay Legislators’ Public Inquiry into Chevron Refinery Fire of August 2012​

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Apr 01, 2013 02:55 PM

Statement of CSB Chairperson Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso on Court Decision in Deepwater Horizon/Macondo Investigation Case

Statement of CSB Chairperson Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso on Court Decision in Deepwater Horizon/Macondo Investigation Case

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Apr 01, 2013 12:36 PM

Ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Affirming CSB Jurisdiction in Deepwater Horizon Explosion Investigation

Ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Affirming CSB Jurisdiction in Deepwater Horizon Explosion Investigation

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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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Mar 25, 2013 12:48 PM

CSB Announces April 19 Public Meeting in Richmond, California

CSB will Vote on the Interim Report and Safety Recommendations Resulting from Chevron Refinery Investigation​

Mar 21, 2013 12:38 PM

Chemical Safety Board Listed on The 12 Best Small Agencies to Work For in Government

Chemical Safety Board Listed on The 12 Best Small Agencies to Work For in Government

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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

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Feb 13, 2013 07:23 PM

In Cooperation with Cal OSHA CSB Releases Technical Report on Chevron 2012 Pipe Rupture and Fire Extensive Sulfidation Corrosion Noted

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) today released a technical evaluation report on piping samples taken from the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California, where a hydrocarbon release and massive fire occurred on August 6, 2012. Cal/OSHA participated in this technical evaluation as part of its enforcement investigation.

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Feb 07, 2013 08:42 AM

CSB Releases Draft Final Report on Carbide Industries Explosion that Killed Two in Louisville, Kentucky in 2011; Company Ignored Years of Smaller, Similar Incidents in Electric Arc Furnace

CSB Releases Draft Final Report on Carbide Industries Explosion that Killed Two in Louisville, Kentucky in 2011; Company Ignored Years of Smaller, Similar Incidents in Electric Arc Furnace

CSB to Hold Public Meeting Tonight, January 15, 2014, in Richmond, California - Webcast and Public Comment Available

At the public meeting, the Board will consider and vote on the draft regulatory report of the August 6, 2012, fire at the Chevron refinery.

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Jan 17, 2013 12:49 PM

CSB Report says Honolulu Fireworks Disposal Explosion that Killed Five Workers Resulted from Unsafe Practices, Lack of National Guidelines, and Lack of Safety Provisions for Federal Contractors

CSB Report says Honolulu Fireworks Disposal Explosion that Killed Five Workers Resulted from Unsafe Practices, Lack of National Guidelines, and Lack of Safety Provisions for Federal Contractors

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Jan 17, 2013 11:13 AM

CSB Releases New Safety Video on 2011 Explosion and Fire that Killed Five Workers during a Fireworks Disposal Operation in Hawaii

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board today released a new safety video depicting the events leading up to an explosion and fire that killed five workers during a fireworks disposal operation in Waipahu, Hawaii. The new video, entitled “Deadly Contract” features a new HD animation depicting highly explosive firework components igniting inside a tunnel-like magazine.

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Jan 14, 2013 10:53 AM

CSB Announces Webcast of January 17 Public Meeting in Washington, DC, to Release Final Report into Fatal 2011 Explosion and Fire in Hawaii Involving Fireworks Disposal

CSB Announces Webcast of January 17 Public Meeting in Washington, DC, to Release Final Report into Fatal 2011 Explosion and Fire in Hawaii Involving Fireworks Disposal

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Jan 08, 2013 10:44 AM

CSB Announces Public Meeting in Washington, DC, to Release Final Report into Fatal 2011 Explosion and Fire that Fatally Injured Five Workers near Honolulu, Hawaii

CSB Announces Public Meeting in Washington, DC, to Release Final Report into Fatal 2011 Explosion and Fire that Fatally Injured Five Workers near Honolulu, Hawaii

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Jan 04, 2013 10:40 AM

Dr. Beth Rosenberg Confirmed as New CSB Board Member

Washington, D.C., January4, 2013 - Dr. Beth J. Rosenberg has been confirmed by the U. S. Senate as a board member of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) on the first day of 2013, the agency announced today; Dr. Rosenberg fills one of three current vacancies on the Board.

Oct 22, 2012 12:00 AM

CSB Chair Moure-Eraso Addresses Nationwide Meeting of International Code Council, Saluting Progress on Key Safety Issues and Encouraging Further Code Action on Combustible Dust Hazards

CSB Chair Moure-Eraso Addresses Nationwide Meeting of International Code Council, Saluting Progress on Key Safety Issues and Encouraging Further Code Action on Combustible Dust Hazards

Sep 11, 2012 10:56 PM

Statement of CSB Chairperson Dr. Rafael Moure Richmond City Council Meeting on September 11, 2012

Statement of CSB Chairperson Dr. Rafael Moure Richmond City Council Meeting on September 11, 2012

Aug 20, 2012 10:54 PM

CSB Releases Photos of Vapor Cloud Involved in August 6 Accident at Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA

In the first five photos the vapor cloud is whitish in color but after the cloud is ignited dark black smoke is visible.

Aug 11, 2012 10:51 PM

CSB to Pursue Full Investigation of August 6 Fire at Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will pursue a full investigation to determine the causes of Monday’s fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California, northeast of San Francisco, the agency announced today.

Aug 08, 2012 10:14 AM

CSB Deploying to Fire and Explosion at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond California

A seven-member investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of an explosion and fire that occurred Monday at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA.

Aug 02, 2012 10:17 AM

CSB Board Member John Bresland to Retire on August 31

Long-time U.S. Chemical Safety Board Member John Bresland will retire from the agency on August 31, the CSB announced today. Mr. Bresland was first appointed to the agency in August 2002 by President George W. Bush and then was re-appointed to a second five-year term in March 2008, serving as CSB chairperson from March 2008 to June 2010.

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Jul 24, 2012 10:35 AM

CSB Hosts Webinar on Second Day of Public Hearing on Safety Performance Indicators

The CSB invites you to attend the Safety Performance Indicators Public Meeting Webinar on July 24.

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Jul 24, 2012 10:20 AM

At the Time of 2010 Gulf Blowout, Transocean, BP, Industry Associations, and Government Offshore Regulators Had Not Effectively Learned Critical Lessons from 2005 BP Refinery Explosion in Implementing Safety Performance Indicators

Investigators Cite Progress Overseas and in U.S. Refining and Chemical Sectors, Conclude Offshore Oil Exploration and Production Safety Will Benefit from Effective Use of Major Accident Indicators

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Jul 20, 2012 04:00 PM

In Formal Papers Submitted for Public Hearing in Houston, CSB Offshore Safety Consultants Examine Performance Indicators as an Effective Way to Prevent Catastrophic Accidents like Deepwater Horizon

In Formal Papers Submitted for Public Hearing in Houston, CSB Offshore Safety Consultants Examine Performance Indicators as an Effective Way to Prevent Catastrophic Accidents like Deepwater Horizon

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

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Jul 18, 2012 02:05 PM

CSB Announces Expert Panel Participants for Two Day Hearing on Safety Performance Indicators in Houston, Texas, on July 23-24

CSB Announces Expert Panel Participants for Two Day Hearing on Safety Performance Indicators in Houston, Texas, on July 23-24

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Jul 12, 2012 04:29 PM

US Chemical Safety Board Releases 2012 – 2016 Strategic Plan

CSB releases strategic plan.

Jul 02, 2012 12:00 AM

CSB Announces Two Day Public Hearing to Release Preliminary Findings into the Macondo Blowout and Explosion in Gulf of Mexico; CSB Board Members and Staff will Hear from Experts on the Importance of Using Effective Safety Indicators

CSB Announces Two Day Public Hearing to Release Preliminary Findings into the Macondo Blowout and Explosion in Gulf of Mexico; CSB Board Members and Staff will Hear from Experts on the Importance of Using Effective Safety Indicators for Major Accident Prevention

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Jun 23, 2012 12:39 PM

Rafael Moure-Eraso: It's time for government and industry to adopt inherently safer technology

June 23, 2012, Op-Ed in the Charleston Gazette

May 11, 2012 12:00 AM

Statement from CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure Eraso on NAS Study on the Use and Storage of MIC at Bayer CropScience

Yesterday the US Chemical Safety Board received a board briefing from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). CSB Board Members and staff will be reviewing the final report in detail over the next few weeks and attending the NAS public meeting in Institute, WV.

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Apr 20, 2012 12:00 AM

CSB Releases New Safety Video on Fatal Hot Work Explosion at DuPont Facility in Buffalo; “Hot Work: Hidden Hazards” Shows Danger of Inadequate Gas Monitoring Safety Video Follows Release of the CSB’s Investigative Report

CSB Releases New Safety Video on Fatal Hot Work Explosion at DuPont Facility in Buffalo; “Hot Work: Hidden Hazards” Shows Danger of Inadequate Gas Monitoring Safety Video Follows Release of the CSB’s Investigative Report – Approved at a Public Meeting Yesterday Evening

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Apr 19, 2012 11:32 PM

CSB Report on Fatal Welding Explosion at DuPont Buffalo Facility Finds Company Overlooked Hazards; Recommendation Calls on Company to Monitor Flammable Vapor Inside Storage Tanks During Hot Work

In a draft report released today at a news conference in Buffalo, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) determined that an explosion that killed one and injured another contract welder on November 9, 2010, was caused by the ignition of flammable vinyl fluoride inside a large process tank, a hazard which had been overlooked by DuPont engineers.

Apr 19, 2012 02:00 PM

CSB Investigation into Macondo Blowout and Explosion in Gulf of Mexico Continues; Two Public Hearings and Interim Reports Scheduled for this Year

CSB Investigation into Macondo Blowout and Explosion in Gulf of Mexico Continues; Two Public Hearings and Interim Reports Scheduled for this Year

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Apr 19, 2012 12:00 AM

CSB Report on Fatal Welding Explosion at DuPont Buffalo Facility Finds Company Overlooked Hazards; Recommendation Calls on Company to Monitor Flammable Vapor Inside Storage Tanks During Hot Work

CSB Report on Fatal Welding Explosion at DuPont Buffalo Facility Finds Company Overlooked Hazards; Recommendation Calls on Company to Monitor Flammable Vapor Inside Storage Tanks During Hot Work

Apr 12, 2012 11:35 PM

CSB to Hold Public Meeting to Vote on DuPont Investigative Report

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announces that it will hold a public meeting on April 19, 2012, in Buffalo, New York, to present the findings from its investigation of a flammable vapor explosion on November 9, 2010, at the E.I DuPont de Nemours and Co. Inc. chemical plant in Buffalo, New York.

Apr 12, 2012 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold Public Meeting to Vote on DuPont Investigative Report

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announces that it will hold a public meeting on April 19, 2012, in Buffalo, New York, to present the findings from its investigation of a flammable vapor explosion on November 9, 2010, at the E.I DuPont de Nemours and Co. Inc. chemical plant in Buffalo, New York,. The incident involved a contract welder and foreman who were repairing an agitator support atop an atmospheric storage tank containing flammable vinyl fluoride (VF). The VF vapor from interconnected, in-service process tanks flowed undetected into the tank and ignited when the welder was repairing the agitator support assembly. The welder died instantly and the foreman was burned.

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Apr 02, 2012 12:00 AM

CSB Applauds AIChE’s Response to Including Reactive Hazard Awareness in College Chemical Engineering Curriculum

CSB Applauds AIChE’s Response to Including Reactive Hazard Awareness in College Chemical Engineering Curriculum; a Recommendation Resulting from the Fatal Accident at T2 Laboratories – the CSB Classifies Action as “Closed - Exceeds Recommended Action"

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Mar 29, 2012 08:00 AM

Board Requests Comments on its Draft Strategic Plan for 2012 to 2016

Board Requests Comments on its Draft Strategic Plan for 2012 to 2016

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Mar 07, 2012 12:00 AM

CSB Develops Policy on Employee Participation in Investigations

CSB Develops Policy on Employee Participation in Investigations

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Jan 27, 2012 12:00 AM

CSB Safety Recommendations from Ghent, West Virginia Propane Explosion Largely Adopted, Effecting Life-Saving Change

Monday, January 30, marks the fifth anniversary of a terrible tragedy that occurred in Ghent, West Virginia – a propane explosion that took the lives of four people and injured six others at a Little General convenience store. The accident occurred as an inexperienced worker attempted to transfer propane from a tank located against an outside wall of the store.

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Jan 05, 2012 10:00 AM

CSB Releases Final Investigation Report on Three Accidents at the Hoeganaes Iron Powder Facility in Gallatin, Tennessee

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board today released its final report on three accidents that occurred in 2011 at the Hoeganaes powdered metals plant in Gallatin, Tennessee. Flash fires and an explosion killed a total of five workers and injured three others.

Jan 05, 2012 12:00 AM

CSB Releases New Safety Video on Three Accidents that Occurred in the Past Year Involving Flash Fires at Hoeganaes Corp. in Gallatin, Tennessee, Killing Five

Washington DC, January 5, 2012 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new safety video depicting three accidents involving combustible iron dust at the Hoeganaes Corporation in Gallatin, Tennessee.

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Oct 27, 2011 09:00 AM

CSB Report Finds that Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Facilities Present Hazards to Members of the Public, Especially Children; CSB Issues Recommendations to EPA, State Regulators, NFPA, and API Aimed at Increasing Oil Site Safety and Security

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new study of explosions at oil and gas production sites across the U.S., identifying 26 incidents since 1983 that killed 44 members of the public and injured 25 others under the age of 25, and is calling for new public protection measures at the sites.

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Oct 19, 2011 12:00 AM

CSB Releases Investigation into 2010 Texas Tech Laboratory Accident; Case Study Identifies Systemic Deficiencies in University Safety Management Practices

CSB Releases Investigation into 2010 Texas Tech Laboratory Accident; Case Study Identifies Systemic Deficiencies in University Safety Management Practices

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Sep 22, 2011 12:00 AM

CSB Votes to Approve Final Report on Three Accidents at DuPont Belle, West Virginia Plant following Public Comment Period

Investigation Found Lack of Safe Equipment Design, Ineffective Mechanical Integrity Programs, and Failure to Investigate Near Misses

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Aug 26, 2011 02:00 PM

Statement by CSB Board Member William Wark Commending the State of Connecticut for Enacting Legislation to Prohibit Flammable Gas Blows at Power Plants

Statement by CSB Board Member William Wark Commending the State of Connecticut for Enacting Legislation to Prohibit Flammable Gas Blows at Power Plants

Jul 18, 2011 12:00 AM

CSB Declares Florida’s Failure to Adopt CSB Recommendation on Protecting Public Workers “Unacceptable;” Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso asks State to Reconsider Legislation

CSB Declares Florida’s Failure to Adopt CSB Recommendation on Protecting Public Workers “Unacceptable;” Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso asks State to Reconsider Legislation

Jul 07, 2011 11:00 AM

CSB Investigation Finds Three DuPont Accidents in Belle, West Virginia, Resulted from Numerous Safety Deficiencies including Lack of Safe Equipment Design, Ineffective Mechanical Integrity Programs, and Incomplete Investigations of Previous Near Misses

CSB Investigation Finds Three DuPont Accidents in Belle, West Virginia, Resulted from Numerous Safety Deficiencies including Lack of Safe Equipment Design, Ineffective Mechanical Integrity Programs, and Incomplete Investigations of Previous Near Misses

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Jun 03, 2011 12:00 AM

Statement from the CSB's News Conference on Hoeganaes Investigation 6.3.2011

Statement from the CSB's News Conference on Hoeganaes Investigation 6.3.2011

May 27, 2011 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys to a Third Accident at Hoeganaes Corporation Metal Powder Plant in Gallatin, Tennessee

CSB Deploys to a Third Accident at Hoeganaes Corporation Metal Powder Plant in Gallatin, Tennessee

May 20, 2011 12:00 AM

Statement by CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso Commending Connecticut House of Representatives for Passing Bill Prohibiting Natural Gas Blows at Power Plants

Statement by CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso Commending Connecticut House of Representatives for Passing Bill Prohibiting Natural Gas Blows at Power Plants

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May 11, 2011 10:00 AM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Continues Investigation of Two Accidents at the Hoeganaes Corporation Facility

Nashville, Tennessee, May 11, 2011 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released test results confirming preliminary conclusions that two flash fires which occurred at the Hoeganaes Corporation plant in Gallatin, Tennessee—one fatal—involved the combustion of iron powder which had accumulated throughout the facility and became airborne in combustible concentrations. A flash fire on January 31st killed one worker and seriously burned another. A similar fire occurred on March 29th and caused one injury.

Apr 28, 2011 12:00 AM

Statement from U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on Workers Memorial Day

Statement from CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on Workers' Memorial Day

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Apr 14, 2011 10:42 AM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Investigation Team Deploys to Hawaiian Fireworks Storage Facility Explosion Site; Five Fatally Injured

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has deployed a four-person team to the site of an explosion in a fireworks storage facility near Honolulu, Hawaii. According to media reports, the incident occurred in a bunker used to store confiscated fireworks at Donaldson Enterprises, Inc. on Friday April 8. ​

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Apr 14, 2011 12:00 AM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Investigation Team Deploys to Hawaiian Fireworks Storage Facility Explosion Site; Five Fatally Injured

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has deployed a four-person team to the site of an explosion in a fireworks storage facility near Honolulu, Hawaii. According to media reports, the incident occurred in a bunker used to store confiscated fireworks at Donaldson Enterprises, Inc. on Friday April 8. ​

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Apr 01, 2011 12:00 AM

One Year After Catastrophic Accident at the Tesoro Refinery CSB Releases Video Safety Message; Calls on Industry to Invest in Preventive Maintenance

Washington DC April 1, 2011 – Marking the one year anniversary of the tragic accident at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Washington, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a video safety message.​

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Mar 22, 2011 10:46 AM

CSB Investigators Deploying to Fatal Explosion and Fire in Louisville Kentucky

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), is deploying to the scene of a fatal accident at Carbide Industries, a producer of calcium carbide products located in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Mar 21, 2011 12:44 PM

CSB Releases New Safety Video: “Fire in the Valley” Depicts Catastrophic Explosion and Fire at Bayer CropScience Facility in 2008

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new safety video depicting events leading to the August 28, 2008, catastrophic explosion and fire at the Bayer CropScience facility in Institute, WV, that fatally injured two workers.

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Mar 15, 2011 12:00 AM

Statement by CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso on Adoption of Updated Purging Requirements by the Plumbing Industry

Statement by CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso on Adoption of Updated Purging Requirements by the Plumbing Industry

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Feb 16, 2011 12:00 AM

CSB Continues Investigation of Fatal Fire at Hoeganaes Corporation Located Outside of Nashville, Tennessee

Washington DC, February 16, 2011 – A five-person investigation team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) continues its investigation into the scene of a fatal flash fire at Hoeganaes Corporation, a producer of powdered iron located about twenty miles outside of Nashville, TN.

Feb 16, 2011 12:00 AM

Final Budget Justification FY 2012

For fiscal year (FY) 2012, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) requests a budget of $12.80 million, an increase of $94,000 above the FY 2011 budget request of $12.71 million.

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Feb 15, 2011 12:00 AM

CSB Chairperson Moure-Eraso Encourages Adoption of Legislation to Permanently Ban Gas Blows in Connecticut

CSB Chairperson Moure-Eraso Encourages Adoption of Legislation to Permanently Ban Gas Blows in Connecticut​

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Feb 04, 2011 12:00 AM

CSB Releases New Safety Video on One Year Anniversary of Kleen Energy; “Deadly Practices” Focuses on ConAgra and Kleen Energy Explosions to Show Hazards of Gas Releases

Entitled “Deadly Practices,” the video includes animations that show the hazards of releasing gas into areas where it can accumulate, ignite, and kill or injure workers or members of the public.

Jan 27, 2011 01:00 AM

CSB Releases Case Study on Fatal 2008 Accident at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Plant in Houston; Cites Need for Emergency Drills, Following Pressure Vessel Codes

Washington DC, January 30, 2011 - A U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) case study released today on the 2008 heat exchanger rupture and ammonia release at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Houston, Texas, identifies gaps in facility emergency response training and calls for increased adherence to existing industry codes.

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Jan 20, 2011 10:00 AM

CSB Issues Report on 2008 Bayer CropScience Explosion: Finds Multiple Deficiencies Led to Runaway Chemical Reaction; Recommends State Create Chemical Plant Oversight Regulation

Institute, West Virginia, January 20, 2011 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released its final report on the August 28, 2008, Bayer CropScience pesticide manufacturing unit explosion that killed two workers and injured eight others. In a report scheduled for Board consideration at a public meeting this evening in Institute, the CSB found multiple deficiencies during a lengthy startup process that resulted in a runaway chemical reaction inside a residue treater pressure vessel. The vessel ultimately over pressurized and exploded. The vessel careened into the methomyl pesticide manufacturing unit leaving a huge fireball in its wake.

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Jan 14, 2011 04:00 PM

CSB Announces Panel Participants for January 20 Public Meeting on Bayer CropScience Investigation

Washington, DC, January 14, 2011 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced the panel participants for its public meeting to present findings from Bayer CropScience investigation, which will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2011, at West Virginia State University in Institute, WV.

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Jan 14, 2011 12:00 AM

CSB Commends West Virginia Action on CSB Recommendation that Propane Technicians be Trained and Licensed; Action Follows Tragic Explosion at Convenience Store

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso today commended West Virginia for its effecctive response to a CSB recommendation that propane technicians in the state be trained, certified, and licensed.

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Jan 03, 2011 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold Public Meeting in Institute, West Virginia, on January 20, 2011 to Consider the Bayer CropScience Final Investigation Report and Recommendations

Washington, DC, January 3, 2011 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced that it will hold a public meeting on January 20, 2011, in Institute, West Virginia, to present the final report and recommendations from its investigation of the August 28, 2008, chemical processing tank explosion at the Bayer CropScience facility in Institute that fatally injured two workers.

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Dec 22, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Receives Two CINE Golden Eagle Awards; Safety Videos “No Place to Hang Out” and “Dangers of Hot Work” Cited for Excellence

Washington, DC, December 22, 2010 – CINE, an internationally recognized film and video organization, announced the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) was the recipient of two prestigious awards for CSB safety videos.

Dec 10, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys to Fatal Accident in New Cumberland West Virginia

Washington DC, December 9, 2010 – A four-person investigation team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of a fatal accident at the AL Solutions, Inc. titanium and zirconium processing facility in New Cumberland, West Virginia.

Dec 08, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Announces Expert Panel Participants for December 15 Hearing on Regulation of Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Practices

Washington, DC, December 8, 2010 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced the panel participants for its daylong public hearing entitled “Regulatory Approaches to Offshore Oil and Gas Safety” which will be held on December 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. The hearing is part of the CSB’s ongoing investigation into the April 20, 2010, fire and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 workers.

Nov 29, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold Hearing in Washington DC to Hear Expert Testimony on Regulation of Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Practices

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced that it will be holding a daylong public hearing entitled “Regulatory Approaches to Offshore Oil and Gas Safety” on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 in Washington DC. The meeting is part of the CSB’s ongoing investigation into the April 20, 2010, fire and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 workers. The hearing will bring together international regulators, union representatives and industry groups to discuss approaches to regulating the safety of offshore oil and gas exploration and production.

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Nov 23, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso Applauds NFPA on Establishing a New Technical Committee to Develop a Comprehensive Standard for Gas Processing Safety

Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso, Chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today applauded the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for its recent decision to establish a new technical committee to develop a comprehensive standard for gas processing safety, including the cleaning of fuel gas piping systems. The NFPA acted in response to an urgent recommendation issued by the CSB following a catastrophic natural gas explosion at Kleen Energy, a power plant under construction in Middletown, Connecticut on February 7, 2010. In that incident, workers were conducting a "gas blow," a procedure that forced natural gas at high volume and pressure through newly-installed piping to remove debris. The gas was vented to the atmosphere, where it accumulated and exploded, killing six contract workers and injuring many others.

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Nov 22, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Receives Gold and Silver TIVA Peer Awards for Agency Safety Videos; Imperial Sugar Animation and Combustible Dust Video are Winners

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) received awards for two safety videos at the annual Television, Internet, and Video Association of DC (TIVA DC) dinner on Saturday, November 13. An animation depicting a massive sugar refinery explosion, which took 14 lives, won a gold award for best animation in its category. The animation appeared in a CSB safety video entitled Inferno: Dust Explosion at Imperial Sugar. Another CSB safety video, Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard was presented with the silver award for best educational/training video.

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Nov 08, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Chairperson Meets with Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. to Discuss Open Recommendations to the State of Colorado

U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso, Ph.D. today met with Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. to discuss CSB safety recommendations regarding power plants in the state.

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Oct 28, 2010 12:00 AM

On One-Year Anniversary of Fatal Oil Site Accident in Forrest County, Mississippi, CSB Launches Educational Outreach Initiative

Washington, DC, October 28, 2010 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced that educational materials concerning oil site hazards that threaten the lives of teenagers have been distributed to more than 150 Mississippi school superintendents. The CSB is calling on schools across the state to incorporate the video and lessons into school curricula.

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Oct 27, 2010 12:00 AM

Statement of CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso Applauding the International Code Council for Emergency Amendment to Prohibit Indoor Purging

Statement of CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso Applauding the International Code Council for Emergency Amendment to Prohibit Indoor Purging

Oct 23, 2010 09:00 PM

CSB Commends State of West Virginia's Action on CSB Recommendation to Train and License Propane Technicians; Action Follows Tragic Explosion at Convenience Store

Washington DC, October 20, 2010 – CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso today commended the governor and legislature of West Virginia for their positive response to a CSB recommendation that propane technicians in the state be trained, certified, and licensed.

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Oct 19, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Safety Message Commends Connecticut for Prohibiting Natural Gas Blows, Calls on States to take Similar Action

U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso calls for a ban on the cleaning out of debris from gas piping using pressurized natural gas, a practice that is referred to in the industry as a gas blow.

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Sep 21, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Board Member Mark Griffon Calls on American Society of Mechanical Engineers to Adopt CSB Recommendation Prohibiting Natural Gas Blows at Power Plants

U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Member Mark Griffon today called on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to adopt a CSB recommendation calling for natural gas blows to be prohibited during power plant construction.

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Sep 21, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso Commends Connecticut Governor for Prohibiting Dangerous Practice of Natural Gas Blows at Power Plants

Washington, DC, September 21, 2010 – The CSB issues the following statement from Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso responding to an executive order issued today by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell prohibiting natural gas blow procedures at power plants as a means of cleaning out piping in preparation for start up of the facilities.

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Sep 16, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Announces Internal Reorganization; Board Appoints Dr. Daniel Horowitz to Newly Created Position of Managing Director

CSB Chairperson and CEO Rafael Moure-Eraso today announced a major realignment of the agency’s internal organization, including creation of a new position of managing director who will report to the chair while overseeing all aspects of CSB operations, including investigations, studies, recommendations, Congressional and public affairs, financial operations, human resources, information technology, and administration.

Sep 10, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso Congratulates Forrest County, Mississippi for Passing Ordinance Requiring Security Measures around Hazardous Oil and Gas Sites

"Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors of Forrest County, Mississippi, passed an ordinance requiring critical security measures, including fencing and signage, be placed around hazardous oil sites. I congratulate the Forrest County supervisors for taking this vital step in protecting human lives, particularly those of teenagers and young adults who like to hang out at these sites in rural areas.

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Sep 02, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Contracts Independent Study on Reducing Inventory of Toxic Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) at West Virginia Chemical Site

Washington, DC, September 2, 2010 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has commenced a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study on the feasibility of reducing or eliminating the inventory of highly toxic methyl isocyanate stored at the Bayer CropScience pesticide manufacturing complex located in Institute, West Virginia, near Charleston.

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Aug 25, 2010 01:00 PM

CSB Final Report on Xcel Energy Accident Finds Company and its Contractor Failed to Adequately Prepare for Hazardous Work Inside Confined Space of Hydroelectric Plant Tunnel; Xcel Had No Technically Qualified Responders on Duty

Denver, Colorado, August 25, 2010—The tragic accident that took the lives of five industrial painting contractors deep inside an Xcel Energy hydroelectric plant tunnel in Georgetown, Colorado, was the result of several vital safety failures, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) determined in a final investigation report issued today in Denver.

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Aug 23, 2010 12:00 AM

Letter from CSB Chairperson Moure-Eraso Admonishing Xcel Energy for Conduct During Fire Investigation

Letter from CSB Chairperson Moure-Eraso Admonishing Xcel Energy for Conduct During Fire Investigation

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Aug 19, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Chairperson Calls for Effective Safeguards at Oil and Gas Sites Across Mississippi; Cites 2009 Tragedy in Which Two Teens Died

Jackson, MS, August 19, 2010 – CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso today called on Mississippi legislators and officials to increase safeguards at oil and gas sites across the state. Dr. Moure-Eraso spoke at a meeting of stakeholders convened by State Senator Billy Hudson to discuss the possible introduction of a bill requiring public safety measures at oil and gas sites. The initiative follows an October 31, 2009, explosion in Carnes, MS, where two teenage boys aged 16 and 18 were tragically killed when a gas condensate tank suddenly exploded.

Aug 11, 2010 03:02 PM

Statement of CSB Board Member John Bresland Commending the Action by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to Prohibit Indoor Purging

I am pleased that the NFPA made our recommendation a high priority and took immediate steps to improve the National Fuel Gas Code. Last week, on August 5, the NFPA Standards Council gave final approval to an emergency code change, known as a Tentative Interim Amendment, that will prohibit indoor purging of industrial gas lines operating at greater than two pounds per square inch gauge (psig) or meeting certain pipe size criteria. According to the NFPA, the new requirements are designed to requ​

Aug 05, 2010 12:00 AM

Statement of CSB Chairperson Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso Urges OSHA to Adopt CSB Recommendation Prohibiting Flammable Gas Blows During Pipe Cleaning Operations

On June 28, 2010, at a public meeting in Portland, Connecticut, the Chemical Safety Board voted to issue 18 urgent recommendations to various recipients, including OSHA, aimed at halting the dangerous practice of releasing large quantities of flammable gas in the presence of workers and ignition sources during cleaning operations.

Aug 03, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB to Investigate Accident that Killed Two Workers at Horsehead Holding Company

Washington, DC, August 3, 2010 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board announced today that it will be conducting a full investigation into the July 22, 2010, explosion and fire that killed two workers at the Horsehead Holding Company zinc recycling facility located in Monaca, PA.

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Jul 21, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Report on 2009 Explosion at Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C. Hazardous Waste Facility; Waste Industry Urged to Improve Safety Standards; Recommendations Issued to Ensure Safer Siting of Buildings

Washington DC, July 19, 2010 – A U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) case study released today on the 2009 explosion and fire at the Veolia ES Technical Solutions L.L.C. facility in West Carrollton, Ohio, calls on the industry to improve safety standards covering hazardous waste processing, handling, and storage facilities.

Jul 09, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Chairperson Saddened by Fatal Colorado Welding Accident; Renews Call for Hot Work Safety

Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairperson and CEO of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said today he was saddened by news of the death of a Colorado welder yesterday while performing what is called “hot work” on a storage tank containing flammables at an environmental remediation company in Englewood, Colorado.

Jun 29, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Approves Urgent Recommendations to OSHA, NFPA, Others to Prevent Deadly Explosions and Fires during Pipe Cleaning and Purging Operations

UPDATED 10 p.m. June 28 - On a 4-1 vote, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board tonight approved urgent safety recommendations to OSHA, NFPA and others. The draft recommendations, which were approved without amendments at a public meeting in Portland, CT, aim to prevent deadly explosions and fires during pipe cleaning and purging operations.

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Jun 28, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Approves Urgent Recommendations to OSHA, NFPA, Others to Prevent Deadly Explosions and Fires During Pipe Cleaning and Purging Operations

CSB Approves Urgent Recommendations to OSHA, NFPA, Others to Prevent Deadly Explosions and Fires During Pipe Cleaning and Purging Operations

Jun 25, 2010 12:00 AM

Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso Confirmed as New Chairman and Mark Griffon as Board Member

Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso has been confirmed and appointed as the new chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), the agency announced today; Mr. Mark Griffon has been appointed as a new board member, filling the other vacancy on the Board.

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Jun 25, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Considers Urgent Recommendations to OSHA, NFPA, Others to Prevent Deadly Explosions and Fires During Pipe Cleaning and Purging Operations

Middletown, Connecticut, June 28, 2010 – U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) board members are slated to vote tonight on a series of 18 urgent recommendations aimed at preventing fires and explosions caused when fuel gas is used to clean or purge gas pipes of debris, air, or other substances, typically during facility construction and maintenance.

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

Jun 08, 2010 11:51 AM

Statement from CSB Chairman John Bresland Regarding House Committee Request to Investigate BP Deepwater Horizon

I have received the letter from Chairmen Waxman and Stupak of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, requesting that the CSB investigate the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout.

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Jun 07, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Releases New Hot Work Safety Video Emphasizing Effective Hazard Evaluations and Gas Monitoring Procedures around Storage Tanks

Washington, DC, June 7, 2010 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a 14-minute safety video warning of the hazards of welding and other hot work activities in and around storage tanks containing flammable materials.

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May 19, 2010 11:00 AM

Pipe Cleaning Practices that Led to Kleen Energy Explosion Are Common Across Gas Energy Industry, Survey Data Show

Washington, DC, May 19, 2010 – The practice of using flammable natural gas to clean power plant piping, which led to the fatal explosion at Connecticut-based Kleen Energy on February 7, has been commonly used across the gas-fired power generating industry, CSB investigators said today.

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May 12, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Receives Prestigious European Process Safety Award for Safety Videos

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has received the prestigious European Process Safety Centre (EPSC) Award 2010 for the CSB Safety Video series, Centre officials announced today. The award is given to acknowledge “progress toward a less-hazardous Europe” and is made to an individual or team which “has considerably advanced the theory or practice of process safety.”

Apr 28, 2010 12:00 AM

Board Member William Wark Statement on Recent Oil Site Fatalities

The CSB is deeply concerned about the recent surge of accidents at oil and gas production sites across the country. We take seriously any chemical accident that fatally injures members of the public. It is the CSB’s view that companies should take proper precautions to ensure that oil and gas production sites are secured properly, with fencing, gates and warning signs to prevent access by teenagers and young adults who are attracted to the sites as secluded places at which to socialize.

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Apr 26, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Requests Public Comment on National Academy of Sciences Study on Use of Toxic Methyl Isocyanate (MIC), Inherently Safer Technology Alternatives

Washington, DC, April 26, 2010 — In a Federal Register notice published April 23, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced it is seeking public comment on the design of a Congressionally mandated study on the use of methyl isocyanate (MIC) in the manufacturing of certain pesticides, and the feasibility of implementing safer alternatives to protect workers and the public from a potential release.​

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Apr 23, 2010 08:30 AM

CSB Investigators Determine that Oklahoma Oil Site Where an Explosion Killed a Member of the Public April 14 was Unsecured, Unfenced, and Likely Lacked Explosion Warning Signs

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 23, 2009 — A fiery explosion that took the life of a 21-year-old member of the public in Weeletka, Oklahoma, on April 14 occurred at an unattended oil and gas production site that was unsecured and likely lacked fire or explosion warning signs, CSB investigators have determined following a four-day field assessment. Investigators arrived in Weleetka on Sunday evening and have been examining the site, conducting witness interviews, and gathering other information throughout the week

Apr 21, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Examining Fatal Oil Site Explosion in Weleetka, Oklahoma; Probe Follows Recent Release of Safety Video and Board Call for Greater Protections at Oil and Gas Sites

Washington, DC, April 21, 2009— The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced today it has sent investigators to a fatal explosion which occurred April 14, 2010, at an oil site in Weleetka, Oklahoma. The CSB team is headed by Investigations Supervisor Don Holmstrom who leads the CSB’s regional office Denver, Colorado. A 21-year-old member of the public died of burns sustained in the explosion and fire.

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Apr 13, 2010 10:00 AM

CSB Releases Video “No Place to Hang Out” Focusing on Deaths of Teenagers in Oil Site Explosions

Told through the eyes and voices of grieving and concerned parents, friends, and local officials, the newest CSB safety video, “No Place to Hang Out: The Danger of Oil Sites,” tells the story of the tragic deaths of 18-year-old Wade White and 16-year-old Devon Byrd, killed October 31, 2009, when an oil tank, located in a clearing in the woods near the home of one of the boys in the rural town of Carnes, suddenly exploded.

Apr 02, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Investigative Team Deploying to Fatal Tesoro Refinery Accident in Anacortes, Washington

Washington DC, April 2, 2010 - A four-member investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of an explosion and fire overnight in a naphtha hydrotreater unit at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington.

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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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Mar 23, 2010 12:00 AM

Statement of CSB Chairman John Bresland Concerning the President's Announcement of New Nominees to the Chemical Safety Board (CSB)

After two years as chairman and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, I plan to step down from that position effective upon the appointment and commissioning of a new chairman by President Obama. I will continue to serve as a board member for the duration of my five-year term, which will end in March 2013.

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Mar 04, 2010 10:00 AM

Seven Key Lessons to Prevent Worker Deaths During Hot Work In and Around Tanks

The CSB has identified over 60 fatalities since 1990 due to explosions and fires from hot work activities on tanks. Hot work is defined as “[w]ork involving burning, welding, or a similar operation that is capable of initiating fires or explosions.”1 Hot work also includes other activities with the potential to create a source of ignition such as cutting, brazing, grinding, and soldering. Workers are potentially at risk not only in the oil and gas industry, where flammables are handled regularly, but also in many other sectors within general industry, such as food production, paper, and wastewater treatment.

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Mar 04, 2010 10:00 AM

Following Deadly Explosion at PCA Corrugated Mill in Wisconsin, CSB Issues Safety Bulletin on Hazards of Welding and Other Hot Work

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today issued a safety bulletin warning of the hazards of conducting hot work in a variety of industries and identifying seven key lessons aimed at preventing worker deaths during hot work in and around storage tanks containing flammable materials.

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Feb 25, 2010 12:00 AM

Statement of CSB Investigations Supervisor Don Holmstrom Updating the Public on the CSB’s Investigation of the Catastrophic Accident at Kleen Energy, Middletown, Connecticut

The safety issues raised by this accident are not limited to Connecticut. These issues are larger than any particular company, facility, or individual. The U.S. has embarked an ambitious construction effort for new natural gas power plants. Thousands and thousands of workers across the country will be involved in constructing these plants. The safety of these workers and the nation’s energy independence are at stake as these gas-fired plants are built over the next 20 years.

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Feb 07, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Deploying Investigation Team to Fatal Explosion at Kleen Energy Power Plant in Middletown, Connecticut

Washington, DC, February 7, 2010 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying a seven-person team to the site of a fatal explosion at the Kleen Energy Plant in Middletown, Connecticut. The team is expected on site midday on Monday, February 8. According to media reports, the explosion at approximately 11:30 a.m. resulted in multiple fatalities and injuries and caused off-site damage.

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Feb 04, 2010 09:00 AM

CSB Board Members Vote to Approve Urgent Gas Code Recommendations Following Deadly ConAgra Explosion at Public Meeting in Raleigh

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) approved two urgent recommendations that national fuel gas codes be changed to improve safety when gas pipes are being purged (cleared of air) during maintenance or installation of new piping. The recommendations grow out of the CSB’s ongoing federal investigation into the June 9, 2009, natural gas explosion at the ConAgra Slim Jim production facility in Garner, North Carolina, which caused four deaths, three critical life-threatening burn injuries, and other injuries that sent a total of 67 people to the hospital.

Feb 01, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Budget Justification Fiscal Year 2011

For fiscal year (FY) 2011, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) requests a budget of $12.71 million, an increase of $2.16 million above the FY 2010 operating budget of $10.55 million1 and $1.91 million above the president’s request. 2

Jan 25, 2010 12:00 AM

Board Votes to Initiate Investigation on Accidents at DuPont Chemical Facility in Belle, West Virginia

Washington, DC, January 25, 2010 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today voted to initiate an investigation of recent accidents at the DuPont chemical complex in Belle, West Virginia, following a release of highly toxic phosgene on Saturday that fatally injured a veteran operator.

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Jan 19, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB to Investigate Laboratory Explosion at Texas Tech University Chemistry Department

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will investigate the causes of a January 7 explosion that severely injured a graduate student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The CSB planned to collect information on several laboratory accidents for a future study on the topic.

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Jan 14, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold Feb. 4 Public Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Fatal 2009 Gas Explosion at the ConAgra Slim Jim Plant

Washington, DC, January 14, 2010 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced that it will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, February 4, 2010, in Raleigh, North Carolina, to present preliminary findings from its investigation of the June 9, 2009, natural gas explosion and ammonia release at the ConAgra Food Slim Jim facility in Garner, North Carolina, that killed four workers and injured seventy others.

Jan 08, 2010 12:00 AM

CSB Releases Board Voting Information and Board Orders on CSB.gov

Washington, DC, January 8, 2010 – As part of an ongoing effort to increase transparency and promote public understanding of the agency’s work, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today began publishing voting records of the Board and copies of Board orders that govern agency operations.

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Dec 09, 2009 10:00 AM

CSB Issues Urgent Recommendations to CITGO; Finds Inadequate Hydrogen Fluoride Water Mitigation System during Corpus Christi Refinery Fire Last July

Houston, Texas, December 9, 2009 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today issued urgent safety recommendations calling on CITGO to immediately improve its emergency water mitigation system in the event of another release of potentially deadly hydrogen fluoride (HF) vapor, as occurred following an explosion and fire July 19, 2009, at CITGO’s Corpus Christi refinery. The Board also called on CITGO to perform third-party audits to ensure the safety of its hydrogen fluoride units at its Corpus Christi, Texas, and Lemont, Illinois, refineries.

Dec 08, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB Investigative Team to Examine Fatal Explosion at NDK America Inc. near Rockford, Illinois

Washington, DC, December 8, 2009 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is deploying an investigation team to the site of an explosion that occurred Monday afternoon at the NDK America Inc. plant, a manufacturer of quartz crystals in Belvidere, Illinois, approximately 60 miles northwest of Chicago.

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Nov 17, 2009 04:00 PM

Statements of CSB Chairman John Bresland and CSB Investigations Supervisor Don Holmstrom Updating the Public on the Investigation of the Nov. 4 Explosion at the Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross, Utah - November 17, 2009

Statements of CSB Chairman John Bresland and CSB Investigations Supervisor Don Holmstrom Updating the Public on the Investigation of the Nov. 4 Explosion at the Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross, Utah​

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Nov 17, 2009 09:00 AM

CSB Conducting Full Investigation of Massive Tank Fire at Caribbean Petroleum Refining; Investigative Team Plans to Thoroughly Examine Facility Safety Practices

Bayamon, PR, November 17, 2009 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced that it will be conducting a full investigation of the October 23, 2009 explosion and fire at Caribbean Petroleum Refining. CSB investigators continue to examine the events and circumstances surrounding the catastrophic tank explosion and fire.

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Nov 13, 2009 12:00 AM

Statement of U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman John Bresland - Friday November 13, 2009

The CSB investigative team has been continuing its investigation of the hydrogen gas explosion at the Silver Eagle refinery in Woods Cross on November 4. Our preliminary findings indicate that the explosion occurred when a 10-inch pipe failed catastrophically. Although the failure mechanism has yet to be determined, the pipe showed evidence of significant thinning which had not been detected by the refinery’s mechanical integrity program.

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Nov 09, 2009 12:00 AM

Safety Message: Without Safeguards, Pressure Vessels Can Be Deadly

Improperly installed or modified pressure vessels have led to a number of serious chemical accidents. Eleven states still don't require adherence to the ASME pressure vessel code. All states and localities should adopt this code and related boiler standards; lives will be saved as a result. That's the CSB chairman's safety message for Monday, November 9, 2009.

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Nov 04, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB Investigative Team Deploying to Silver Eagle Refinery Explosion and Fire near Salt Lake City

Washington DC, November 4, 2009 - A six-member team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of today’s explosion and fire at the Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross, Utah.

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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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Oct 23, 2009 01:00 AM

CSB Investigative Team Deploying to Caribbean Petroleum Corporation Tank Explosion in Puerto Rico

Washington, DC, October 23, 2009 – A six-person team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the site of a major explosion and fire at a petroleum storage facility near San Juan, Puerto Rico, that occurred early Friday. Reports indicate that a number of large petroleum storage tanks are on fire at the Caribbean Petroleum Corporation facility in Bayamon.

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Oct 23, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB to Examine Fire at Tesoro Refinery in Salt Lake City

Washington, DC, October 22, 2009 - A three-person investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will be examining a fire that occurred Wednesday evening at the Tesoro refinery in Salt Lake City, Utah, following a power outage earlier in the day.

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Oct 07, 2009 08:00 AM

CSB Releases New Safety Video, “Inferno: Dust Explosion at Imperial Sugar”

Washington, DC, October 6, 2009 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new nine-minute safety video on the combustible dust explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Georgia, which claimed the lives of 14 workers, injured 36, and caused extensive property damage on February 7, 2008.

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Oct 05, 2009 09:00 AM

CSB Issues Final Report on Oleum Release from INDSPEC Chemical Corp. that Forced Thousands to Evacuate in October 2008; Report Cites Use of Pump Power Supply that Lacked Safeguards

Washington, DC, October 5, 2009 – The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a final report today on the uncontrolled oleum release from INDSPEC Chemical Corporation in Petrolia, Pennsylvania, which forced the evacuation of three surrounding towns in October 2008. In the report the CSB encouraged companies that handle hazardous chemicals to follow proper management-of-change procedures, monitor deviations from written operating procedures, and implement appropriate safeguards to mitigate human errors.

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Oct 02, 2009 09:00 AM

CSB Releases Safety Bulletin on the Dangers of Purging Gas Piping into Buildings, Urges Outdoor Venting of Gases

Washington, DC, October 2, 2009 – In a new safety bulletin based on preliminary findings from the ConAgra Foods natural gas explosion in Garner, North Carolina, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) urged companies, gas installers, and contractors to follow safe practices during gas purging operations, including venting purged gases outdoors whenever practicable.

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Sep 24, 2009 12:00 AM

Final CSB Report on Imperial Sugar Disaster Concludes Inadequate Equipment Design, Maintenance, and Housekeeping Led to Massive Sugar Dust Explosions

In a final draft report released today, CSB investigators said the February 7, 2008, explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Georgia, resulted from ongoing releases of sugar from inadequately designed and maintained dust collection equipment, conveyors, and sugar handling equipment. Inadequate housekeeping practices allowed highly combustible sugar dust and granulated sugar to build up throughout the refinery’s packing buildings, CSB investigators concluded.

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Sep 22, 2009 10:00 AM

CSB Releases New Safety Video, “Runaway: Explosion at T2 Laboratories” Depicting Reactive Chemical Accident that Killed Four and Injured 32

Washington, DC, September 22, 2009 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new nine-minute computer animated safety video depicting a tragic reactive chemical accident that devastated T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Sep 15, 2009 10:00 AM

CSB Finds T2 Laboratories Explosion Caused by Failure of Cooling System Resulting in Runaway Chemical Reaction; Report Notes Company Did Not Recognize Hazards of Chemical Process

Jacksonville, Florida, September 15, 2009 – The massive December 2007 explosion and fire at T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville was caused by a runaway chemical reaction that likely resulted from an inadequate reactor cooling system, investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said in a final draft report released today. The Board is to vote on the report findings and recommendations at a public meeting in Jacksonville this evening. Concluding that T2 did not recognize all of the potential hazards of the process for making a gasoline additive, the report calls for improving the education of chemical engineering students on reactive chemical hazards. The explosion and fire on December 19, 2007, killed four T2 employees and injured four others. In addition, 28 people working at nearby businesses were injured when building walls and windows blew in. The blast sent debris up to a mile away and damaged buildings within a quarter-mile of the facility.

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Sep 14, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold Public Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, September 24; Board will Consider Final Investigation Report on Fatal Dust Explosion at Imperial Sugar Refinery

Washington, DC, September 15, 2009 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced that it will convene a public meeting on Thursday September 24, 2009, in Savannah, Georgia, to review the final CSB investigation report on the causes of the February 2008 dust explosions and fire at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Georgia. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Savannah Desoto, located at 15 East Liberty Street. The meeting is free and open to the public. Members of the public, those affected by the accident, and emergency responders are encouraged to attend and to provide comments prior to the Board’s consideration of the final report. The meeting is expected to conclude at approximately 9:00 p.m.

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Aug 31, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold Public Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, September 15; Board to Consider Final Investigation Report on Fatal Reactive Chemical Accident at T2 Laboratories

Washington, DC, August 31, 2009 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced today that it will convene a public meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, in Jacksonville, Florida, at which CSB investigators will present their final report on the causes of the fatal December 2007 explosion at T2 Laboratories Inc., a local chemical manufacturer.

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Aug 26, 2009 12:00 AM

Statement from CSB Chairman John Bresland on Bayer CropScience Announcement Concerning Methyl Isocyanate

Washington, DC, August 26, 2009 - The CSB is continuing to investigate the serious explosion that occurred one year ago at the Bayer CropScience (Bayer) pesticide manufacturing site in Institute, West Virginia. We have completed the collection of most of the evidence on the causes of the explosion itself. Consistent with a May 2009 request from Congress, our investigation is currently examining options for Bayer to reduce or eliminate the use and storage of highly toxic methyl isocyanate (MIC) at the Institute site.

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Aug 14, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB Receives Award for Safety Video on West Virginia Propane Explosion that Killed Four; Production Called “Extremely Effective”

Washington, DC, August 14, 2009 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) received a key communication award from a major online learning and teaching organization for a CSB Safety Video on the West Virginia propane explosion that killed four people when a convenience store blew up in January 2007.

Aug 07, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB Investigative Team to Examine Hydrogen Fluoride Release from ExxonMobil Refinery in Illinois

Washington DC, August 7, 2009 – A four-member investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the site of a release of propane and hydrogen fluoride at the ExxonMobil refinery in Joliet, Illinois. At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, there was a sudden release of propane and hydrogen fluoride (HF) from the vicinity of a pump in the refinery’s alkylation unit, which uses HF as a catalyst. The leak did not ignite, but one operator was transported to the hospital suffering from what were described as serious, HF-related chemical burns; he was initially reported in critical condition. A second operator was examined at the hospital and released. The unit’s water deluge system, which is designed to contain airborne HF releases, was activated and the alkylation unit was shut down. Refinery personnel were instructed to shelter in place.

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Jul 28, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB Releases New Safety Video, “Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard” Features Three New Animations of Major Dust Accidents, Shows Need for Comprehensive Standard and Improved Safety Practices

Washington, DC, July 28, 2009 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new safety video depicting how accumulations of combustible dust at worksites can provide the fuel for devastating explosions that kill and maim workers, shut down plants, and harm local economies.

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Jul 20, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys to Fire at CITGO Refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas

Washington DC, July 20, 2009 – A four-member investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is en route to the site of a fire that began Sunday morning in the hydrogen fluoride (HF) alkylation unit at the CITGO refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jul 20, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys to Fire at CITGO Refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas

A four-member investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is en route to the site of a fire that began Sunday morning in the hydrogen fluoride (HF) alkylation unit at the CITGO refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. One worker was airlifted to a burn center in San Antonio as a result of the accident at the 163,000 barrel per day refinery. The alkylation unit was reported to be shut down.​

Jul 15, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB Investigative Team to Examine Fatal Ammonia Release near Columbia, South Carolina

Washington, DC, July 15, 2009 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is deploying an investigation team to the site of an anhydrous ammonia release that occurred earlier today at Tanner Industries, located south of Swansea, South Carolina, the agency announced.

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Jun 10, 2009 02:13 PM

CSB Releases Safety Video on Need for Chemical Emergency Preparedness, Based on Findings from a Decade of CSB Accident Investigations

Washington, DC, - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new safety video showing the need for emergency response agencies, companies, and communities to work closely together to prepare for the k

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Jun 09, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys Investigation Team to Site of Explosion at ConAgra Foods Plant in Garner, North Carolina

Washington, DC, June 9, 2009— The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today sent an investigation team to the site of an explosion, fire and roof collapse at the ConAgra Foods plant in Garner, North Carolina.

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May 27, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Final Report on Allied Terminals Catastrophic Fertilizer Tank Collapse; Board Calls for Regulation of Similar Tanks Located on the Elizabeth River

Chesapeake, Virginia, May 27, 2009 – In a final report issued today into the November 2008 fertilizer tank collapse at Allied Terminals in Chesapeake, VA, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) recommended that the Commonwealth of Virginia regulate or authorize local jurisdictions to regulate the design, construction, maintenance and inspection of large fertilizer storage tanks located on the Elizabeth River.

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May 26, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB Launches Redesigned Agency Website and Releases New Video

Washington, DC, May 26, 2009 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today unveiled a redesigned website, www.csb.gov that includes imbedded flash videos, a photo gallery, and a new accident news feed. ​

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Apr 23, 2009 10:00 AM

In Preliminary Findings, CSB Investigators Report Bayer CropScience Explosion Was Caused by Runaway Chemical Reaction; Cite Significant Lapses in Process Safety, Outdated Operating Procedures

Institute, West Virginia, April 23, 2009 - A large explosion and fire that took the lives of two workers at the Bayer CropScience (Bayer) plant last August was caused by a thermal runaway reaction during the production of an insecticide. The event likely resulted from significant lapses in chemical process safety management at the plant, U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigators said today in preliminary findings released at a news conference here.

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Apr 23, 2009 12:00 AM

In Preliminary Findings, CSB Investigators Report Bayer CropScience Explosion Was Caused by Runaway Chemical Reaction; Cite Significant Lapses in Process Safety, Outdated Operating Procedures

Institute, West Virginia, April 23, 2009 - A large explosion and fire that took the lives of two workers at the Bayer CropScience (Bayer) plant last August was caused by a thermal runaway reaction during the production of an insecticide. The event likely resulted from significant lapses in chemical process safety management at the plant, U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigators said today in preliminary findings released at a news conference here.

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Apr 21, 2009 08:23 AM

In House Testimony, CSB Chairman John Bresland Cites Significant Lapses in Process Safety in August 2008 Bayer CropScience Explosion

Washington, DC, April 21, 2009 - The Bayer CropScience chemical facility explosion and fire that fatally injured two plant operators and potentially threatened plant neighbors likely resulted from a series of process safety management deficiencies that led to a runaway chemical reaction, U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman John Bresland told a House committee investigating the matter today.

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Apr 17, 2009 01:23 AM

CSB Announces Panel Participants for April 23 Public Meeting on 2008 Bayer CropScience Accident in Institute, West Virginia

Washington, DC, April 17, 2009 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced today the panel of outside witnesses who will be speaking at the April 23, 2009, public meeting in Institute, West Virginia. At the meeting the Board will be releasing preliminary findings into its investigation of the August 28, 2008, chemical processing tank explosion at Bayer CropScience which fatally injured two workers.

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Mar 26, 2009 02:25 PM

CSB Chairman John Bresland Encourages Florida Governor to Support Workplace Safety Rules for State's Public Employees

Washington, D.C. March 26, 2009 - In a letter released today by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), Chairman John Bresland urged Florida Governor Charlie Crist to support worker-safety legislation to protect state, county, and municipal employees in Florida.

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Mar 13, 2009 01:02 PM

CSB to Hold Public Meeting in Institute, West Virginia on April 23; Investigators will Present Preliminary Findings and Board will Hear Public Comments on the Fatal Explosion at Bayer CropScience

Washington, DC, March 13, 2009- The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced that it will be holding a public meeting on April 23, 2009, in Institute, West Virginia, to present preliminary findings from its investigation of the August 28, 2008, chemical processing tank explosion at Bayer CropScience which fatally injured two workers.

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Feb 04, 2009 12:00 AM

Chairman Bresland's New YouTube Safety Message Urges More Government Action, Increased Industry Vigilance to Prevent Catastrophic Dust Explosions

Washington, DC, February 4, 2009 - Marking the first anniversary of the Imperial Sugar explosion that killed 14 workers in February 2008, CSB Chairman John Bresland released a new video safety message today asking federal regulators and businesses to increase efforts to prevent combustible dust fires and explosions.

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Jan 30, 2009 12:00 AM

Statement By Supervisory Investigator Donald Holmstrom Updated the Media on the CSB's Investigation into the January 12, 2009, Fire and Explosion at the Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross, Utah

Since arriving in Utah the investigation team has conducted over 40 interviews, gathered process samples, collected hundreds of pages of refinery records and extensively examined the accident scene. To date, our investigation has found that on the evening of January 12, 2009 at approximately 5:20 pm a large vapor cloud was released from an atmospheric storage tank, known as tank 105, which contained an estimated 440,000 gallons of light naphtha.

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Jan 13, 2009 12:00 AM

CSB Investigative Team En Route to Utah Refinery Explosion

Washington DC, January 13, 2009 - A four-member team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of an explosion and fire at the Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross, Utah. ​

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Jan 07, 2009 12:00 AM

In a New Video Safety Message, CSB Chairman Bresland Emphasizes Effective Winterization Programs to Prevent Process Accidents

In a new video safety message released today on YouTube, CSB Chairman John Bresland urged companies to ensure they have effective winterization programs to prevent major chemical and refinery process accidents that could result in deaths or substantial property damage.

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Dec 22, 2008 07:53 AM

In First Video Safety Message, CSB Chairman John Bresland Calls for Industry to Remain Focused on Process Safety, Accident Prevention During Recession

In his first video safety message, CSB Chairman John Bresland today said that chemical companies and refineries need to continue to invest in process safety and preventive maintenance, even as the economic downturn cuts into sales and profits.

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Dec 08, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB to Conduct Full Investigation of Causes of Catastrophic Fertilizer Tank Collapse at Allied Terminals in Chesapeake, Virginia; Issues Urgent Safety Recommendations Citing Hazard to Public from Welding Defects on Several Remaining Tanks

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today issued urgent safety recommendations following last month’s collapse of a two-million-gallon liquid fertilizer storage tank at the Allied Terminals distribution facility in Chesapeake, VA, urging the company to take immediate steps to safeguard three other nearby fertilizer storage tanks from possible failure.

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Oct 20, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB Investigators to Examine Scene of Fatal Ohio Oilfield Explosion

A two-person investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is en route to the site of yesterday's fatal explosion at a rural Ohio oilfield, approximately 60 miles northwest of Columbus. The team is expected to arrive at the site in La Rue, Ohio, on Tuesday.

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Oct 09, 2008 12:00 AM

New CSB Safety Video, "Half an Hour to Tragedy," Highlights Training Needs for Propane Emergencies

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new 23-minute safety video, "Half an Hour to Tragedy," based on the deadly propane gas explosion at the Little General convenience store in Ghent, West Virginia, in January 2007.

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Sep 25, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation of the 2007 Little General Store Propane Explosion Emphasizes Need for Immediate Evacuation, Recommends Enhanced Training of Emergency Responders and Propane Technicians, Guidance for 911 Operators

Beckley, West Virginia, September 25, 2008 - In a draft final report released today, investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) conclude that inadequate propane technician and emergency responder training and unsafe propane tank placement were the primary causes of a fatal accident in January 2007 at the Little General convenience store in Ghent, West Virginia

Sep 18, 2008 03:17 PM

CSB Finds Static Spark Set Off Fire and Explosions at Barton Solvents Des Moines Facility, Investigation Finds Equipment Not Intended for Flammable Service or Properly Bonded and Grounded

A fire and series of explosions at the Barton Solvents Des Moines, Iowa, chemical distribution facility on October 29, 2007, was caused by a static electrical spark resulting from inadequate electrical bonding and grounding during the filling of a portable steel tank, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) determined in a final report today.

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Sep 10, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold Public Meeting in Beckley, West Virginia, September 25; Board will Consider Final Investigation Report on Fatal Propane Explosion at Little General Convenience Store

Washington, DC, September 10, 2008 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced that it will convene a public meeting on Thursday September 25, 2008, in Beckley, West Virginia, to review the final CSB investigation report on the causes of the January 2007 propane explosion at the Little General Store in Ghent.

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Aug 28, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys to Fatal Accident at Bayer CropScience in West Virginia

A five-member investigation team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of a fatal explosion and fire at the Bayer CropScience plant located in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

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Aug 15, 2008 12:00 AM

Board to Investigate Tank Explosion at Wisconsin Cardboard Manufacturer that Killed Three Workers

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced today that it will conduct a full investigation of the storage tank explosion that killed three workers and injured a fourth at the Packaging Corporation of America corrugated cardboard mill in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, on July 29.

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Jul 29, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB Chairman John Bresland Calls on OSHA to Adopt CSB Recommendation on Comprehensive Combustible Dust Standard, Says Imperial Sugar Explosion Shows "Urgency for Action Is Greater than Ever"

At a Senate hearing today, John Bresland, chairman and CEO of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), called on OSHA to act on a November 2006 CSB recommendation to adopt a comprehensive standard regulating combustible dust in the workplace.

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Jul 17, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB Releases New Safety Video on Fatal 2006 Oilfield Explosion in Mississippi, Emphasizes Safe Practices for Hot Work

Washington, DC, July 17, 2008 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new safety video detailing an explosion that led to the deaths of three contractors at the Partridge-Raleigh oilfield in rural Raleigh, Mississippi, in June 2006.

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Jul 09, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB Determines Massive Propane Fire at Valero Refinery in Sunray, Texas, Resulted from Water Freezing and Cracking Idle Section of Process Piping; New Safety Video Released

A massive fire that injured four workers and caused the total shutdown and evacuation of the Valero McKee Refinery in Sunray, Texas, in February 2007 likely occurred after water leaked through a valve, froze, and cracked an out-of-service section of piping, causing a release of high-pressure liquid propane, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said in a final investigation report issued today.

Jun 26, 2008 07:01 PM

CSB to Investigate Fatal Explosion and Fire at Universal Form Clamp Co. in Bellwood, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois, June 28, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced it will pursue an investigation of the fatal explosion and fire at Universal Form Clamp Company in Bellwood, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2006, an explosion and fire occurred in a mixing room at the facility, causing one fatality and five injuries.

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Jun 26, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Final Report on Barton Solvents Explosion, Calls on OSHA and Trade Associations to Improve Material Safety Data Sheets for Nonconductive Flammable Liquids; Safety Video with Animation Released

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a case study and safety video on the July 2007 explosion and fire at the Barton Solvents distribution facility in Valley Center, Kansas. The CSB found the most likely cause of the explosion -- involving what is known as a nonconductive flammable liquid -- was a static spark resulting from a loosely-linked level-measuring float within the tank. The spark ignited the air-vapor mixture inside the tank as it was being filled.

Jun 11, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB Investigating Causes of Fatal Rupture of Heat Exchanger at Goodyear Synthetic Rubber Facility in Houston

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced today that it is proceeding with an investigation of the causes of a recent accident at the Goodyear rubber manufacturing facility in southeast Houston, in which one employee was killed and approximately seven others were injured, including several contract workers who were exposed to hazardous anhydrous ammonia.

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May 13, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation into Massive 2006 CAI Explosion in Danvers, Massachusetts, Concludes Lack of Company Safeguards Allowed Solvent Vapor to Accumulate When Ink-Mixing Tank Was Left Heating Overnight

UPDATED 10 p.m. May 13, 2008 - At a public meeting in Danvers tonight, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board voted to approve the draft investigative report and safety recommendations. The report will be posted on CSB.gov in the next several days

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May 05, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold June 22, 2005, Public Hearing on Combustible Dust Hazards in Washington, DC

Washington, DC, May 5, 2005 - The CSB today announced it is convening a public hearing related to its investigation of combustible dust hazards at industrial facilities. The hearing will begin at 8:30 a.m. on June 22, 2005, in the Horizon Ballroom of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

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Apr 30, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold May 13 Public Meeting in Danvers, Massachusetts, to Consider CAI/Arnel Explosion Final Investigation Report

Washington, DC, April 30, 2008 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced that it will convene a public meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in Danvers, Massachusetts, to review the final CSB investigation report on the causes of the November 2006 explosion at the CAI/Arnel ink and paint manufacturing plant.

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Apr 16, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB Issues New Safety Video on Hazardous Waste Facility Fire in Apex, NC

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released its latest safety video to accompany the CSB's final report on the October 2006 hazardous waste fire and community evacuation in Apex, North Carolina.

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Apr 16, 2008 12:00 AM

Final CSB Report on EQ Hazardous Waste Fire and Community Evacuation in Apex Calls for New Fire Protection Standards, Improved Chemical Information for Emergency Planners

In a case study report released today on the October 2006 hazardous waste fire at the Environmental Quality Company (EQ), the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) called for a new national fire code for hazardous waste facilities and for improving the information provided to community emergency planners about the chemicals those facilities store and handle.

Mar 12, 2008 12:00 AM

Testimony of CSB Board Member William Wright before House Education and Labor Committee Hearing on Combustible Dust Hazards

The following statement is testimony from CSB board member and interim executive William E. Wright, presented on March 12, 2008, before the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee in support of a comprehensive standard for combustible dust, as recommended by the CSB's 2006 Combustible Dust Hazard Study

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Feb 17, 2008 12:00 AM

Statement of CSB Investigations Manager Stephen Selk, P.E., Updating the Public on the Investigation of the Imperial Sugar Company Explosion and Fire, Savannah, Georgia

Statement of CSB Investigations Manager Stephen Selk, P.E., Updating the Public on the Investigation of the Imperial Sugar Company Explosion and Fire, Savannah, Georgia

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Feb 08, 2008 12:00 AM

Investigative Team from U.S. Chemical Safety Board Deploys to Explosion at Georgia Sugar Refinery

Washington, DC, February 8, 2008 - A six-member investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the site of last night's explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Georgia, northwest of Savannah, near the South Carolina state line.

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Feb 07, 2008 07:44 AM

Statements of CSB Board Member William Wark and CSB Lead Investigator Don Holmstrom Updating the Public on the Fatal Accident at the BP Texas City Refinery on January 14, 2008

Statements of CSB Board Member William Wark and CSB Lead Investigator Don Holmstrom Updating the Public on the Fatal Accident at the BP Texas City Refinery on January 14, 2008.

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Feb 05, 2008 12:00 AM

Board Requests Budget of $10,600,000 for Fiscal Year 2009 - Increases to Support More Investigators, Safety Videos

Washington, DC, February 5, 2008 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced it is requesting an annual budget of $10,600,000 for fiscal year 2009, including funds for three new accident investigators and for the continuation of the CSB's widely used safety video program.

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Jan 30, 2008 12:00 AM

One Year After Deadly Explosion at WV Convenience Store CSB Completes Testing of Key Valve - Agency Continues Its Examination of Safety Practices and Emergency Response

On the first anniversary of a fatal propane explosion at a West Virginia convenience store, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced that testing has been completed on a key propane valve and outlined other issues that will be examined in the final investigation report.

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Jan 25, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB Concludes Field Phase of T2 Blast Investigation in Jacksonville, FL - Higher Number of Offsite Injuries Found

Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today concluded the initial field investigation of the fatal accident at T2 Laboratories Inc. Among investigators' findings thus far is that that the number of people injured was more than double what was known immediately after the accident.

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Jan 17, 2008 07:54 AM

CSB Investigative Team Deploys to BP Texas City Refinery, Site of Fatal Accident This Week

An investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas, where an employee was killed in a process-related accident in an ultracracker unit on Monday.

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Jan 03, 2008 12:00 AM

Statement by CSB Investigator-in-Charge Robert Hall Updating the Public on the Investigation of the T2 Laboratories Explosion and Fire

Statement by CSB Investigator-in-Charge Robert Hall Updating the Public on the Investigation of the T2 Laboratories Explosion and Fire.

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Dec 19, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys to Fatal Jacksonville, Florida Explosion

A board member and six-person investigation team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) are deploying to the scene of a fatal explosion and fire at a chemical plant which occurred today in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Dec 05, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Officials Encouraged with Progress Announced Today by New York City in Revising its Outdated Fire Code

The following statement was issued by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board in response to the announcement by New York today of a proposed draft to revise the city's fire code to include new provisions controlling hazardous chemicals.

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Nov 15, 2007 12:00 AM

One Year after Massive Blast in Danvers, Massachusetts, CSB Analysis Confirms Solvent Vapor Explosion, Examination of State's Fire Safety Oversight Continues

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced that laboratory testing of chemicals involved in the November 22, 2006, explosion at a Danvers, Massachusetts, printing ink manufacturing company is complete, and confirms that the mixture in the tank was sufficiently volatile to cause the explosion.

Nov 01, 2007 03:19 PM

CSB Investigation at Barton Solvents Des Moines, Iowa, Facility Progressing; Immediate Cause was Ignition of Spraying Ethyl Acetate During Loading Operation -- Agency also Continues Examination of July, 2007 Barton Accident in Wichita, Kansas

Des Moines, Iowa, November 1, 2007 - Investigators for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said today progress is being made in the investigation of a large explosion and fire which occurred at the Barton Solvents facility in Des Moines, Iowa on October 29. The company packages, stores, and delivers solvents and other chemical products, many of which are widely used in the paint and coatings industry​

Oct 29, 2007 03:20 PM

CSB Investigators Deploying to Barton Solvents Fire in Des Moines, Iowa

Two investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) are deploying the site of today's fire at the Barton Solvents facility in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Oct 05, 2007 12:00 AM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board to Conduct Investigation of Fatal Hydroelectric Plant Fire in Colorado

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced it is proceeding to investigate the causes of the chemical fire that killed five workers in an underground pipeline at the Xcel hydroelectric plant in Georgetown, Colorado, on Tuesday. Board Member William E. Wright, the CSB's interim executive, said: "The accident in Georgetown was a terrible human tragedy, and we extend our sympathies to all those families and others who were affected. The CSB is determined to understand why this accident occurred and to do everything possible to prevent it from recurring elsewhere."

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Oct 03, 2007 12:00 AM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Begins Preliminary Investigation of Fatal Hydroelectric Plant Fire in Georgetown, Colorado

An investigator from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is deploying to the site of the fatal fire that occurred at Xcel Energy Company in Georgetown, Colorado, approximately 45 miles west of Denver. The fire killed five workers and left three others injured Tuesday afternoon.

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Aug 07, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Proceeding with Barton Solvents Explosions and Fire Assessment, Investigative Team Returning to Site Today

Washington, DC, August 7, 2007 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is proceeding with its assessment of the explosions and fire at Barton Solvents in Valley Center, Kansas, north of Wichita, with investigators returning to the accident site this week to gather further information.

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Jul 31, 2007 12:00 AM

Final CSB Report on Synthron Explosion Finds Inadequate Safety Controls for Chemical Reaction Hazards

Charlotte, NC, July 31, 2007 - In a final report released today on last year's fatal explosion at the Synthron chemical manufacturing facility in Morganton, North Carolina, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) concluded that the company's management of reactive chemical hazards was inadequate and that the facility was unprepared for a chemical process emergency. The CSB also found that ineffective corporate oversight by French parent company Protex International contributed to the likelihood and severity of the accident.

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Jul 31, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Releases New Safety Video, "Reactive Hazards: Dangers of Uncontrolled Chemical Reactions," Includes Synthron Animation, Three Others

Washington, DC, July 31, 2007 -The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new safety video concerning the dangers of uncontrolled chemical reactions. The video features computerized animations and descriptions of four major reactive chemistry accidents investigated by the CSB, as well as commentary by two prominent chemical process safety experts.

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Jul 19, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Investigative Team Assessing Explosions and Fire at Barton Solvents near Wichita, Kansas

Washington, DC, July 19, 2007 - An investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has been deployed to the site of Tuesday's explosions and fire at the Barton Solvents facility in Valley Center, Kansas, north of Wichita.

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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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Jun 27, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Finds Unspent Aircraft Oxygen Generators Contributed to Rapid Spread of Fire at EQ Facility in Apex, N.C. in 2006, Safety Advisory and Urgent Recommendation Issued

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced it is issuing a Safety Advisory concerning the dangers of transporting and handling unspent aircraft chemical oxygen generators. The action follows a CSB investigative finding that the devices most likely contributed to the rapid spread of a fire at the EQ Industrial Services (EQ) hazardous waste facility in Apex, NC on the night of October 5, 2006. The fire resulted in the evacuation of thousands of residents of Apex, located about 16 miles southwest of Raleigh, and destroyed the EQ facility's hazardous waste building.

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Jun 27, 2007 12:00 AM

Text of Urgent Recommendation to Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc.

Text of Urgent Recommendation to Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc.

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Jun 14, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Safety Bulletin on Dangers of a Major Chlorine Release During Railcar Unloading; Agency Calls on U.S. Department of Transportation to Expand Regulatory Coverage to Require Emergency Shutdown Systems

Washington, DC, June 14, 2007 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a safety bulletin warning that some chlorine railcar transfer systems lack effective detection and emergency shutdown devices, leaving the public vulnerable to potential large-scale toxic releases.

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Jun 12, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Case Study on Fatal Partridge-Raleigh Oilfield Explosion in Mississippi; Recommends OSHA Program to Inspect Oil and Gas Production Facilities

Jackson, Mississippi, June 12, 2007 - In a case study report released today on a fatal explosion and fire last year at a Smith County oilfield, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) found that unsafe work practices were the cause of the accident and recommended increased Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections of the region's oil and gas production facilities.

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Jun 07, 2007 12:00 AM

Test of Key Valve in Ghent, West Virginia, Fatal Convenience Store Explosion Points to Likely Source of Propane Release

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board today announced that initial testing of the propane tank recovered after a West Virginia convenience store explosion reveals that the liquid withdrawal valve on the tank malfunctions and leaks and was the likely source of the large propane release that exploded, killing four people and injuring five others.

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May 24, 2007 12:00 AM

In Testimony to House Workforce Protections Subcommittee, CSB Calls on Governments at All Levels to Establish OSHA Programs for Public Employees

Washington, DC, May 24, 2007 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today urged "governments at all levels to take steps to protect public employees from preventable chemical accidents, including the establishment of programs incorporating mandatory OSHA standards."

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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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May 09, 2007 12:00 AM

In Preliminary Findings, CSB Investigators Say 2006 Danvers, Massachusetts, Explosion Caused by Solvent Vapor Accumulation, Lack of Ventilation inside Building; Flammable Liquid Safety Standards Were Not Implemented, CSB Investigators Find

In preliminary findings released today, U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigators said that the November 2006 explosion which destroyed a local ink and paint manufacturing plant and damaged scores of nearby buildings was most likely caused by the inadvertent overheating of solvents left stirring overnight in an unsealed mixing tank, releasing flammable vapor which accumulated and ignited.

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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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Apr 18, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB to Convene May 9 Community Meeting in Danvers, Mass., Explosion Investigation, Present Preliminary Findings, Hear Public Comments

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced that it will be holding a community meeting on May 9 in Danvers, Massachusetts, to present preliminary findings from its investigation of the November 22, 2006, explosion at the CAI/Arnel ink and paint manufacturing facility in Danversport which damaged or destroyed approximately 100 nearby homes and businesses.

Apr 10, 2007 07:01 PM

CSB Issues Final Report on Universal Form Clamp Explosion and Fire in Bellwood, Illinois; Investigation Notes Mixture Overheating, Inadequate Plant Design, Lack of Emergency Action Plan Led to Death and Injuries

Chicago, Illinois, April 10, 2007 - An explosion and fire took the life of a contract delivery driver and injured two employees at the Universal Form Clamp (UFC) plant in Bellwood, Illinois, on June 14, 2006. The explosion occurred when hazardous vapors, generated by overheating a flammable liquid in an open-top tank, ignited, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) found in a Case Study issued today.

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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 09, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB to Conduct Full Investigation of Valero McKee Refinery Fire, Field Team Returns to Washington to Analyze Evidence

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board today announced it is conducting a full investigation of the propane fire that occurred February 16 at the Valero McKee Refinery here, seriously burning three workers and forcing the shutdown of the facility.

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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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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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Feb 28, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Final Report on Chlorine Release at DPC Enterprises in Glendale, Arizona: Report Notes Company's Lack of Engineering Safeguards

Phoenix, Arizona, February 28, 2007 - In a final report issued today, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) concluded that insufficient safety margins, a lack of engineering safeguards, unclear procedures and training, and an absence of published guidance were among the causes of a release of up to 1,920 pounds of chlorine from the DPC Enterprises facility in Glendale, Arizona, on November 17, 2003.

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Feb 17, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation Team to Begin Field Assessment of Explosion at Valero Refinery near Dumas, Texas

An investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the Valero McKee refinery near Dumas, Texas, north of Amarillo, where an explosion yesterday injured a number of workers and forced the shutdown of the facility.

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Feb 15, 2007 12:00 AM

Statement from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board of Jeffrey Wanko, Lead Investigator for the Ghent Propane Explosion

The CSB investigation continues into the cause or causes of the tragic propane explosion at the Little General Store in Ghent, West Virginia, on January 30, 2007.

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Feb 06, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation of Danvers Accident Continues as Team Weighs Explosion Models; CSB Chairman Urges All Businesses Pay Heightened Attention to Flammable Solvent Safety

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is continuing its investigation to determine the root causes of the powerful explosion in Danvers, Massachusetts, which damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and businesses during the early morning hours of November 22, 2006.

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Feb 01, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Continues Investigation of West Virginia Propane Explosion

Carolyn W. Merritt, Chairman, U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issues the following statement Thursday February 1, 2007, at 7:30 p.m.:

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Jan 30, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys Investigative Team to Assess Fatal Explosion at Service Station in Ghent, West Virginia

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying an investigative team to conduct an assessment of today's fatal fuel tank explosion at the Flat Top Little General Store and gas station in Ghent, West Virginia, sixty miles southeast of Charleston.

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Dec 14, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Releases Findings from Fatal Daytona Beach Wastewater Plant Explosion Investigation at Public Meeting; Cites Inadequate Engineering, Lack of Public Worker Safety Coverage

Daytona Beach, FL, December 14, 2006 - At a public meeting here today, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will release preliminary findings and hear testimony from experts regarding the January explosion that killed two municipal employees at the Bethune Point Wastewater Plant.

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Dec 01, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Continues Investigation of Massachusetts Chemical Plant Explosion: Statement of Lead Investigator John Vorderbrueggen

CSB Investigator-in-Charge John Vorderbrueggen, PE, issued the following factual update to the investigation of the Danvers, Massachusetts, chemical plant explosion on November 22, 2006.

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Nov 22, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys Investigators to Site of CAI, Inc. Explosion and Community Damage in Danvers, Massachusetts

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying an investigation team to begin an assessment of the explosion that occurred at CAI, Inc. in Danvers, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.

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Nov 20, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold December 14, 2006, Public Meeting on Fatal Bethune Point Wastewater Plant Explosion in Daytona Beach, Florida

Washington, DC, November 20, 2006 - The CSB today announced it will convene a public meeting concerning the fatal explosion that occurred on January 11, 2006, at the Bethune Point Wastewater Plant in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Board will take testimony from the investigation team and also from a panel of outside experts.

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Nov 02, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Releases Safety Video with Computer Animation; Valero Refinery Delaware City, Delaware, Nitrogen Asphyxiation Incident on November 5, 2005

Washington, DC, November 2, 2006 - The U. S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today issued a Safety Video on the November 5, 2005 nitrogen asphyxiation incident at the Valero Refinery in Delaware City, Delaware. The video includes a computer animation depicting events leading to the accident, and features commentary by Lead Investigator John Vorderbrueggen, Board Member John Bresland, and a field expert.

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Nov 02, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Case Study in 2005 Valero Refinery Delaware City, DE, Accident; Report Notes Inadequate Nitrogen Asphyxiation Hazard Awareness Training and Improper Confined Space Rescue Actions

Wilmington-Newark, Delaware, November 2, 2006 - A tragic accident in which two workers were asphyxiated inside a nitrogen filled confined space could have been avoided through better hazard awareness training and proper confined space rescue actions, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board reports in a Case Study released today.

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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 30, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Pursues Investigation of North Carolina Hazardous Waste Fire; Says Likely Origin in Facility's Oxidizer Section

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced it is pursuing an investigation of the fire that burned from October 5 to 7 at the EQ North Carolina hazardous waste transfer and processing facility and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents from the Raleigh suburb of Apex.

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Oct 20, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold November 9, 2006, Public Meeting on Combustible Dust Hazard Study Findings and Proposed Recommendations in Washington, DC

Washington, DC, October 20, 2006 - The CSB today announced it is convening a public meeting related to its investigation of combustible dust hazards at industrial facilities. The Board will be considering the findings and proposed recommendations of the draft report. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. on November 9, 2006, in the Diplomat/Consulate room of the Embassy Suites Downtown Washington, 1250 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC.

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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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Oct 12, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Team in Apex, NC, Wraps up First Phase of Investigation into EQ North Carolina Hazardous Waste Fire; Interviews Completed, Documents Requested

An investigation team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has wrapped up the first phase of its investigation into the fire and explosions which occurred at an EQ North Carolina facility in Apex, NC, the night of October 5, 2006.

Oct 09, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Considers Final Report on Combustible Dust Hazards at Public Meeting Today

Washington, DC, November 9, 2006 – At a public meeting here today, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will consider its final report from a two-year investigation of the hazards of combustible dust in industry and is likely to recommend new safety measures for avoiding combustible dust explosions and fires.

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Oct 06, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys Investigators to Site of Chemical Fire and Public Evacuation from North Carolina Hazardous Waste Facility

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying an investigation team to begin an assessment of the chemical fire, explosions, and large-scale public evacuation in Apex, North Carolina, site of a hazardous waste facility operated by the Environmental Quality Company.

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Aug 16, 2006 12:00 AM

Board Commends the Kentucky Office of Housing, Buildings, and Construction, Says New Combustible Dust Inspection Program "Exceeds Recommended Action" from Investigation of Fatal 2003 Explosion

Washington, DC, August 16, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today formally commended the Kentucky Office of Housing, Buildings, and Construction (HBC) for exceeding the recommended action from the Board's investigation of the fatal 2003 dust explosion at CTA Acoustics in Corbin, Kentucky.

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Jul 20, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Case Study of Formosa Plastics Point Comfort, Texas, Fire and Explosions: Unprotected Piping, Non-Fireproofed Structures, Lack of Automatic Shutoff Valves Noted as Causes; Flame-Resistant Clothing Recommended

Washington, DC, July 20, 2006 - The U. S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued its final report and recommendations today in the October 6, 2005, fire and explosions at the Formosa Plastics Corporation, USA, plant in Point Comfort, Texas. In addition, the CSB released a Safety Video which includes a computer animation depicting events leading to the accident.

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Jul 20, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Releases Safety Video with Computer Animation on Formosa Plastics Point Comfort, Texas, Fire and Explosions of October 6, 2005

Washington, DC, July 20, 2006 - The U. S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today issued a Safety Video on the October 6, 2005, fire and explosions at the Formosa Plastics Corporation, USA, plant in Point Comfort, Texas. The video includes a computer animation depicting events leading to the accident, and features commentary by Lead Investigator Robert Hall, Investigations Manager Stephen Selk, and Board Member John Bresland.

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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.

Jun 15, 2006 07:01 PM

CSB Deploys Investigators to Explosion and Fire at Universal Form Clamp Co. in Bellwood, Illinois

Washington, D.C. June 15 ,2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) deployed an investigation team to Illinois today to conduct an assessment of the chemical explosion and fire at Universal Form Clamp Co., located in Bellwood, a suburb of Chicago.

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Jun 15, 2006 12:00 AM

One Year after Gas Cylinder Fire and Explosions at Praxair St. Louis, CSB Issues Safety Bulletin Focusing on Pressure-Relief Valve Standards and Good Safety Practices

Washington, DC, June 15, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today issued a safety bulletin following the agency's investigation into the June 24, 2005, fire and explosions that swept through the Praxair Distribution, Inc., gas cylinder filling and distribution center in St. Louis, Missouri. The accident occurred when gas released by a pressure relief valve on a propylene cylinder ignited.

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Jun 14, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB to Conduct Full Investigation of Fatal Oilfield Incident at Partridge-Raleigh Oilfield in Raleigh, Mississippi

Washington, DC, June 14, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced it will pursue an investigation into the June 5, 2006, fatal oilfield incident at Partridge-Raleigh Oilfield in Raleigh, Mississippi, sixty miles southeast of Jackson.

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Jun 06, 2006 12:00 AM

Final Report from U.S. Chemical Safety Board on 2004 Explosion Calls on Houston to Enact Stricter Pressure Vessel Regulations

Houston, Texas, June 6, 2006 - In its final investigation report on a December 2004 chemical plant explosion in southwest Houston, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today called on the city to adopt new safety regulations governing the construction and modification of pressure vessels - industrial process and storage containers that hold pressurized gases or liquids. The case study report issued at a news conference this morning describes the violent explosion of a 50,000-pound steel pressure vessel on the evening of December 3, 2004, at the Marcus Oil and Chemical facility on Minetta Street in southwest Houston. The explosion was felt over a wide area in Houston and ignited a fire that burned for seven hours. Three Houston firefighters were slightly injured during the response to the blaze. Several residents sustained cuts from flying glass, and steel fragments from the explosion were thrown up to a quarter-mile from the plant. Building and car windows were shattered, and nearby buildings experienced significant structural and interior damage.

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Jun 05, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys Investigation Team to Raleigh, Mississippi, Explosion and Fire at Partridge-Raleigh Oilfield

Washington, DC, June 5, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is deploying an investigative team to conduct an assessment of today's fatal explosion and fire at the Partridge-Raleigh LLC oilfield, six miles southwest of Raleigh, Mississippi.

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Apr 11, 2006 12:00 AM

In Final Report on 2004 Toxic Vapor Release from MFG Chemical, CSB Calls for Improved Emergency Planning by Georgia, Whitfield County, and City of Dalton

Dalton, Georgia, April 11, 2006 - In a final report issued today, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) concluded that better process design, engineering, and hazard analysis would likely have prevented the 2004 runaway chemical reaction and toxic vapor cloud release at MFG Chemical Inc. and said that inadequate emergency planning by the facility, city, and county contributed to the severity of the event. The report was released at a news conference in Dalton today and also posted to the agency's web site, CSB.gov.

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Mar 30, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Pursues Investigation of 2005 Cylinder Fire at St. Louis Gas Packaging Facility, Finding Four Similar Incidents since 1997

Washington, DC, March 30, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announced that it is carrying forward an investigation of a gas cylinder fire at the Praxair facility in St. Louis on June 24, 2005. The Board expects to issue a safety bulletin based on this incident, focusing on pressure-relief valve standards and good safety practices for gas cylinder handling, storage, and fire protection.

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Mar 30, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Final Report in 2004 Explosion at Sterigenics International Facility in Ontario, California: Notes Lack of Engineering Controls, Understanding of Process Hazards

Washington, DC, March 30, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today released its final investigation report into the August 19, 2004, explosion that injured four employees and severely damaged a medical products sterilization facility in Ontario, California, disrupting its operations for nine months.

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Mar 30, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Releases Video with Animation Describing 2004 Ethylene Oxide Explosion at Sterigenics International

Washington, DC, March 30, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today released a video report describing events leading to the August 2004 ethylene oxide explosion at Sterigenics International Inc. in Ontario, California. The ten-minute video was posted on CSB.gov and is also being provided on a free DVD containing all seven CSB safety videos.

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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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Feb 08, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Report on Incident Screening Process

Washington, DC, February 8, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today issued a report to Congress concerning its incident screening process, noting that the agency screened a total of 645 U.S. chemical incidents during the twelve-month period from July 1, 2004, to June 30, 2005.

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Feb 07, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Team Returns to Synthron Accident Site as Board Pursues Full Investigation of Fatal Explosion

Washington, DC, February 7, 2006 - Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) have returned to the site of the January 31 explosion at the Synthron Inc. facility in Morganton, NC, which fatally burned one worker and injured about a dozen others. Synthron's maintenance chief, who initially survived the blast, died Sunday of his injuries.

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Jan 31, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys Investigation Team to Morganton, North Carolina, Explosion at Synthron Inc. Plant

Washington, DC, January 31, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is deploying an investigative team to conduct an assessment of the explosion and fire at the Synthron Inc. plant in Morganton, North Carolina, today. The team will gather information to determine if the Board will conduct a lengthier, formal investigation.

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Jan 26, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Safety Bulletin, Releases Findings and Recommendations in 2005 Acetylene Services Company (ASCO) Explosion that Killed Three in Perth Amboy, NJ

Washington, DC, January 26, 2006 - The United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today issued a Safety Bulletin, warning acetylene gas producers to take special precautions in handling this potentially dangerous product. The Safety Bulletin follows a year-long investigation into a powerful explosion that killed three workers and injured a fourth at the Acetylene Services Company (ASCO) in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on January 25, 2005.

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Jan 13, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Announces It Will Conduct Full Investigation of Daytona Beach, Florida, Explosion; Emphasis on Public Employee Worksite Safety

Washington, DC, Jan. 13, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announced today it will conduct a full investigation into the Jan 11, 2006 explosion at a Daytona Beach, Florida, wastewater treatment plant. Two workers died and a third was severely burned. The men were performing maintenance activities at the facility. The blast occurred as a cutting torch was being used near a tank of methanol, a highly flammable chemical commonly known as wood alcohol.

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Jan 12, 2006 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation Team Travels to Daytona Beach, Florida, Wastewater Plant Explosion Site

Washington, DC, Jan. 12, 2006 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is deploying an investigation team to the site of a fatal explosion at a Daytona Beach, FL, wastewater treatment plant. The explosion occurred Jan. 11 as workers apparently were performing maintenance activities at the Bethune Point wastewater treatment plant involving a cutting torch near a tank of methanol, according to media reports. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is highly flammable. The team will conduct a preliminary investigation to guide the Board in determining whether to conduct a larger inquiry.

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Dec 01, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB to Conduct Full Investigation of Nitrogen Incident at Valero Delaware City Refinery

Washington, DC, December 1, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, (CSB) announced today that it is conducting a full investigation of a fatal incident at the Valero Refinery in Delaware City, Delaware, on November 5. Two men died from nitrogen asphyxiation the night of November 5, 2005. The two were contract workers employed by Matrix Services, Inc. They were working in the refinery's hydrocracker unit, which produces light distillates from heavy gas oils.

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Nov 07, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Investigators to Assess Fatal Nitrogen Incident at Valero Delaware City Refinery

Washington, DC, November 7, 2005 - Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) are en route to the Valero oil refinery in Delaware City, Delaware, where two contract workers were overcome and killed this weekend by entry into a nitrogen gas-filled process vessel.

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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 26, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Case Study on April 2004 Oil Refinery Explosions and Fire at Giant Industries' Ciniza Refinery near Gallup, NM

Albuquerque, NM, October 26, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today issued a final Case Study report examining the causes of the April 8, 2004, refinery explosions and fire that seriously injured six employees and caused an evacuation at the Giant Industries' Ciniza oil refinery in Jamestown, New Mexico, east of Gallup.

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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 14, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Probe of Point Comfort Formosa Plastics Incident Continues as Team Weighs Safety Issues; No Root-Cause Investigation Planned

Washington, DC, October 14, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is continuing its probe of the propylene fire and explosions that heavily damaged an olefins unit at the Formosa Plastics facility in Point Comfort, Texas, on October 6, injuring approximately 13 workers. Most injuries were minor, but two workers were admitted to the burn unit at a Galveston hospital, and one remains hospitalized there.

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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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Oct 06, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys Investigation Assessment Team to Site of Formosa Plastics Explosion in Point Comfort, Texas

Washington, DC, October 6, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is deploying a five-person assessment team to the site of an explosion and fire at the Formosa Plastics plant in Point Comfort, Texas, on the Texas coast.

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Oct 05, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Determines Fatal 2003 Incident at Hayes Lemmerz Plant in Indiana Most Likely Caused by Explosion in Dust Collection System; Company Did Not Identify or Control Hazards of Aluminum Dust

Huntington, Indiana, Oct. 5, 2005 - The fatal explosion and fire at the Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc., aluminum wheel plant was caused by the ignition of fine powdered aluminum in a dust collection system in which hazards were neither identified nor adequately addressed, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) said today in issuing its final report on the incident.

Sep 08, 2005 12:00 AM

In Wake of Hurricane Katrina, CSB Issues Safety Bulletin Urging Oil and Chemical Facilities to Take Special Safety Precautions During Startups

Washington, DC, September 8, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today issued a Safety Bulletin urging oil and chemical facilities to take special precautions when restarting in the wake of shutdowns due to Hurricane Katrina.

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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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Aug 12, 2005 12:00 AM

Ruptured Transfer Hose Caused August 11 Chlorine Release at Honeywell Plant in Baton Rouge; Rapid Shutoff Attributed to Upgraded Safety Systems

Washington, DC, August 12, 2005 - A three-person assessment team from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) said that a ruptured chlorine transfer hose, which was being used to unload a railroad chlorine tank car, resulted in the chlorine release yesterday morning at the Honeywell International plant in Baton Rouge, LA. Investigators Lisa Long, Allen Smith, and Katherine Leskin conducted interviews with employees today and will continue their work on Saturday.

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Aug 11, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Investigators Return to Honeywell Baton Rouge Facility to Examine Chlorine Release Day After Agency Issued Report on Previous Chlorine Release and Other Incidents

Washington, DC, August 11, 2005 - A three-person team from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is deploying to Baton Rouge to examine this morning's chlorine release at the Honeywell International plant. The incident occurred approximately 24 hours following a news conference in Baton Rouge at which CSB Chairman Carolyn Merritt and Lead Investigator Lisa Long presented the final CSB Investigation Report on three Honeywell toxic chemical releases - one involving chlorine - that occurred over a four-week period in the summer of 2003.

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Aug 10, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB States Three Honeywell Baton Rouge Accidents in 2003 Were Avoidable; Final Report Finds Inadequate Hazard Analyses, Work Practices Common to All

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 10, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today released a final report on its investigation of three incidents that occurred at the Honeywell International, Inc., plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2003. Each involved toxic releases and in one case, the death of a worker.

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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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Jun 27, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Investigators Complete Praxair Fieldwork Today; Team Conducted Key Interviews, Returns to Washington

St. Louis, Missouri, June 27, 2005 - An investigation team from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today conducted a series of key interviews into the explosions and fire that swept through the Praxair, Inc. gas repackaging facility in St. Louis last Friday. The team wrapped up its initial fieldwork and planned to return to headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Jun 26, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Team Tours Site of St. Louis Gas Explosion Accident; Assessment Process Continues Through Weekend

St. Louis, Missouri, June 26, 2005 - A team from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) arrived in St. Louis, MO, on Saturday to get a first-hand look at the damage wreaked by Friday's multiple gas explosions at Praxair Inc. facility. CSB Investigation Manager Steve Selk, PE, led the team of three, who toured the plant and surrounding community to assess the damage and impact of the incident.

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Jun 24, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Team Assessing St. Louis Gas Explosion Accident

Washington, DC, June 24, 2005 - A team from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is deploying to St. Louis, MO, where a series of powerful gas explosions occurred at the Praxair facility earlier this afternoon. CSB Investigation Manager Steve Selk, PE, will be leading the team, which will assess the nature and impact of the incident. CSB investigators are expected at the site Saturday morning.

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Jun 22, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Reports Chemical Dust Explosions are "Serious Problem;" Nearly 200 Accidents took 100 Lives; Data, Testimony Noted at Publice Hearing Today

Washington, DC, June 22, 2005 – Carolyn Merritt, Chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) declared chemical dust explosions in the United States are a “serious industrial safety problem” in opening a day-long hearing into the hazards of such accidents. Chairman Merritt noted the CSB’s preliminary research reveals that nearly 200 dust fires and explosions have occurred in U.S. industrial facilities over the past 25 years, resulting in approximately 100 fatalities and 600 injuries.

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Jun 16, 2005 12:00 AM

News Release June 16, 2005 - Agenda for June 22 CSB Public Hearing on Combustible Dust Hazards

News Release June 16, 2005 - Agenda for June 22 CSB Public Hearing on Combustible Dust Hazards

Jun 13, 2005 07:15 PM

Panelists Announced for CSB June 22, 2005, Public Hearing on Chemical Dust Explosions; Nearly 200 Accidents took 100 Lives

Washington, DC, June 13, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today announced the names of key panelists who will testify at a public hearing concerning the causes of chemical dust explosions and fires at industrial facilities. The hearing is part of an ongoing investigation into the causes and prevention of dust explosions, like the tragedies in Kinston, North Carolina (West Pharmaceutical Services), Corbin, Kentucky (CTA Acoustics), and Huntington, Indiana (Haye​

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May 05, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold June 22, 2005, Public Hearing on Combustible Dust Hazards in Washington, DC

Washington, DC, May 5, 2005 - The CSB today announced it is convening a public hearing related to its investigation of combustible dust hazards at industrial facilities. The hearing will begin at 8:30 a.m. on June 22, 2005, in the Horizon Ballroom of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

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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.

Apr 27, 2005 12:00 AM

CSB Chairman Carolyn Merritt Cites "Serious Gaps" in Preparedness for Major Chemical Accident or Attack; Says Americans are "Vulnerable" in Testimony Before Senate Homeland Security Committee

CSB Chairman Carolyn Merritt Cites "Serious Gaps" in Preparedness for Major Chemical Accident or Attack; Says Americans are "Vulnerable" in Testimony Before Senate Homeland Security Committee

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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 15, 2005 12:00 AM

News Release April 15, 2005 - CSB Chairman Merritt Commends Georgia-Pacific Corporation for New Reactive Chemical Safety Program

Washington, DC, April 15, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has presented the Georgia-Pacific Corporation with a certificate of recognition for the company's response to a CSB safety recommendation following a tragic accident at the company's Pennington, Alabama, pulp and paper mill in 2002.

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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.

Mar 04, 2005 07:19 PM

Board Pursues Testing of Equipment Involved in Dec. 3 Marcus Oil and Chemical Accident

Washington, DC, March 4, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is conducting extensive physical testing of equipment and materials to help determine the causes of the December 3, 2004, tank explosion and fire at the Marcus Oil and Chemical facility in southwest Houston.

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Feb 23, 2005 12:00 AM

March 2 Baton Rouge Public Meeting on Honeywell Investigation Postponed

Washington, DC, February 23, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has temporarily postponed its public meeting on the investigation of three chemical incidents at the Honeywell refrigerant plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The meeting, which had been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, at the Holiday Inn Select in Baton Rouge, will be rescheduled after new information has been reviewed. The new meeting time and location will be announced in the Federal Register and posted on the agency website, CSB.gov.

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Feb 15, 2005 12:00 AM

Chemical Safety Board Investigation Finds CTA Acoustics Explosion Caused by Dust Hazard That Was Known to Management, Phenolic Resin Supplier

London, KY, February 15, 2005, 9 p.m. EST - By a vote of 3-0, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) tonight approved the final report on the phenolic resin dust explosion at CTA Acoustics. In approving the staff report, the Board added a root cause related to Borden Chemical's product stewardship program (Borden Chemical supplied phenolic resin powder to CTA). The report identified four other root causes related to CTA's safety systems and the design of the CTA facility by former owner CertainTeed. The full report, as amended, will be available soon from CSB.gov, along with a transcript and videotape of the public meeting.

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Jan 28, 2005 12:00 AM

Board to Release Final Report and Safety Recommendations from 2003 CTA Acoustics Dust Explosion at Feb. 15 Public Meeting in London, Kentucky

Washington, DC, January 28, 2005 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has announced a public meeting in London, Kentucky, on Tuesday, February 15, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. at the London Community Center. At the meeting, the Board will review and consider the final CSB staff report on the fatal dust explosion at CTA Acoustics in Corbin, Kentucky.

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Jan 12, 2005 12:00 AM

Board Commends Texas Companies for Implementing CSB Safety Recommendations in Jan. 13, 2003, BLSR Operating Ltd. Fire

Washington, DC, January 12, 2005 - Members of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) have unanimously declared that the actions taken by the three companies involved in the fatal BLSR Operating Ltd. accident in Texas are "acceptable." All the recommendations are now "closed" and require no further follow-up by the CSB. The agency found that one company, T&L Environmental Services, exceeded the agency's recommended action. The decision was announced on the second anniversary of the January 13, 2003 accident that killed three workers.

Dec 10, 2004 07:20 PM

Board to Conduct Full Investigation of Tank Explosion at Marcus Oil and Chemical

Washington, DC, December 10, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announced today that it is conducting a full investigation of last week's tank explosion at the Marcus Oil and Chemical facility in southwest Houston. The blast on the evening of December 3 was felt up to 20 miles from the plant site. CSB investigators believe the accident occurred when a 40,000-gallon chemical storage tank exploded violently. The tank was approximately 10% full at the time of the ​

Dec 03, 2004 07:20 PM

CSB Team Heading to Houston Explosion Site

Washington, DC, December 3, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announced it is a sending an investigative team to the site of this evening's explosions at a southwest Houston chemical plant. The initial explosion at the Marcus Oil and Chemical facility was reported around 6 p.m. local time.

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Nov 16, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Preliminary Findings in Toxic Gas Release at MFG Chemical: Cites Lack of Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Problems

Dalton, Georgia, November 16, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today released preliminary findings on the April 2004 toxic gas release from MFG Chemical Inc. in Dalton, which forced the evacuation of more than 100 families and businesses. The findings were to be presented at a CSB community meeting in Dalton this evening.

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Nov 03, 2004 12:00 AM

The Science Channel to Broadcast Documentary on CSB Dust Explosion Investigation Nov. 5, 2004, 9 p.m.

Washington, DC, November 3, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's extensive investigation into a chemical plant dust explosion that occurred in Kinston, North Carolina, will be the subject of a documentary called "Failure Analysis: Dust Explosion" on The Science Channel this coming Friday, Nov. 5, 2004. The Science Channel is part of Discovery Networks, U.S., which also operates and manages the Discovery Channel.

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Nov 01, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB to Hold November 16 Public Meeting in Dalton, Georgia, to Release Preliminary Findings and Hear Community Comments on MFG Chemical Investigation

Washington, DC, November 1, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) will hold a community meeting in Dalton, Georgia, at 7 p.m. on November 16, 2004, to discuss the April 2004 chemical release accident at MFG Chemical Inc. Over 100 families and businesses were evacuated, and 154 people were treated at a local hospital for chemical exposure.

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Sep 23, 2004 12:00 AM

In Final Report on West Pharmaceutical Explosion, CSB Finds Inadequate Controls for Dust Hazards, Calls on North Carolina to Strengthen Fire Code on Combustible Dust

Kinston, NC, September 23, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today released its final report on the investigation of last year's fatal dust explosion and fire at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc., finding inadequate engineering at the destroyed plant and calling on North Carolina to adopt National Fire Code controls on combustible dust for industrial facilities statewide.

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Sep 16, 2004 12:00 AM

In Final Report, CSB Cites Flawed Ventilation Design, Lack of Hazard Analysis in February 2003 Explosion at Technic Inc. Plating Chemicals Facility

Washington, DC, September 16, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today released its final report examining the causes of the February 2003 explosion and fire at a plating chemicals manufacturing facility in Cranston, Rhode Island. The report determined several root and contributing causes of the accident and made recommendations to the company and industrial safety organizations.

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Sep 09, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB to Release Report and Findings on January 2003 Explosion and Fire at West Pharmaceutical Facility in Kinston, North Carolina, on Sept. 23

Washington, DC, September 9, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Hazard and Investigation Board (CSB) has announced a public meeting to be held on Thursday, September 23, 2004, at 7 p.m. in the Kinston High School Performing Arts Center in Kinston, NC. In this meeting, CSB investigators will present their findings and report on the explosion and fire that occurred at the West Pharmaceutical Services facility in Kinston on January 29, 2003. The accident killed six workers, injured dozens of others, and destroyed large sections of the plant.

Aug 30, 2004 07:35 PM

CSB Investigating Ethylene Oxide Release and Explosion at Sterigenics Facility in Ontario, California

Washington, DC, August 30, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Hazard and Investigation Board (CSB) announced today that it is investigating a recent ethylene oxide explosion at the Sterigenics International Inc. sterilization facility in Ontario, California.

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Aug 24, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Case Study on September 2003 Explosion at Isotec Facility in Miami Township, OH

Miami Township, OH, Aug. 24, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today issued a Case Study examining the causes of a Sept. 21, 2003 nitric oxide leak and explosion which occurred at a high-technology biochemical products plant in Miami Township, Ohio, near Dayton.

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Aug 03, 2004 12:00 AM

Status Report: CSB Investigation into Giant Industries Explosion and Fire Continues

Washington, DC, August 3, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) investigation into the Giant Industries explosion and fire continues, focusing on several areas. The April 8 accident at the company's Ciniza refinery east of Gallup, New Mexico, seriously injured four workers when highly flammable gasoline components were released and ignited.

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Jul 15, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Releases Safety Bulletin Warning of Dangers of Sodium Hydrosulfide (NaHS) in the Workplace; Outlines Safe Practices to Prevent Harm

Washington, DC, July 15, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today released a Safety Bulletin that warns of the dangers of sodium hydrosulfide and recommends safe practices to prevent accidents when handling the chemical. CSB investigators uncovered 45 accidents associated with sodium hydrosulfide that have caused 32 deaths and 176 injuries since 1971. They noted, however, that accident data are incomplete and there may have been additional deaths and injuries attributable to the chemical. The Safety Bulletin is an outgrowth of the Board's investigation of a January 2002 accident involving sodium hydrosulfide that caused two deaths and eight injuries at an Alabama paper mill.

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Jul 15, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Releases Safety Bulletin Emphasizing Dangers of Working on Piping and Equipment That May Contain Flammable or Chemically Reactive Materials

Bulletin Follows Investigation into January 2004 Huntsman Petrochemical Explosion in Port Neches, Texas Washington, DC, July 15, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today released a Safety Bulletin calling on chemical plant and refinery operators to exercise appropriate caution when performing work on piping and equipment that could contain hazardous materials.

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Jun 30, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Commends Center for Chemical Process Safety Response to Reactive Hazards Study Recommendations, Says CCPS "Exceeds Recommended Action"

Orlando, Florida, June 30, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has formally commended the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), an arm of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), for exceeding the CSB's recommended action contained in the CSB report on reactive hazards in 2002.

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Jun 09, 2004 12:00 AM

In Preliminary Findings, CSB Investigators Say DPC Enterprises Chlorine Leak on November 17, 2003, Resulted from Improper Safety Practices, Failure to Follow Written Procedures

In Preliminary Findings, CSB Investigators Say DPC Enterprises Chlorine Leak on November 17, 2003, Resulted from Improper Safety Practices, Failure to Follow Written Procedures For more information, go to: DPC Enterprises Investigation Information Page At CSB Community Meeting, Board Members to Hear Testimony from Phoenix/Glendale Emergency Response Agencies, Company, and Residents Glendale, Arizona, June 9, 2004 - In preliminary findings set to be delivered in a community meeting here tonight, investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) say that last November's chlorine release at the DPC Enterprises Glendale facility resulted from the failure to shut off a chlorine transfer line when safety alarms sounded. The alarms indicated the near-depletion of an essential chemical in a safety device called a scrubber, but the CSB found it was common practice to allow chlorine to flow even after the alarms sounded, in violation of the company's own written procedures.

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May 25, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB To Hold June 9 Community Meeting in Glendale, Arizona, to Present Preliminary Findings in DPC Chlorine Leak Investigation and Hear from Responders and Residents

Washington, DC, May 25, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board will be holding a community meeting in Glendale, Arizona, at 6 p.m. on June 9, 2004, concerning the chlorine release accident that occurred at the DPC Enterprises repackaging facility on November 17, 2003. Fourteen people, including ten police officers, required treatment for chlorine exposure near the facility at 4909 W. Pasadena in Glendale.

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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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Apr 19, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB to Pursue Full Investigation of April 8 Explosions and Fire at Giant Industries Refinery near Gallup, NM

Washington, DC, April 19, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has decided to pursue a full root-cause investigation of the recent explosions and fire at the Giant Industries Ciniza gasoline refinery east of Gallup, New Mexico, board member Rixio Medina announced today in Albuquerque. CSB accident investigations typically take 9 to 12 months to complete.

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Apr 16, 2004 12:00 AM

Board to Conduct Root-Cause Investigation of Chemical Release from MFG Chemical Inc. in Dalton, Georgia

Washington, DC, April 16, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today announced it will conduct a root-cause investigation of the April 12 chemical accident at the MFG Chemical Inc. facility in Dalton, Georgia, which triggered a release of toxic allyl alcohol and hydrochloric acid into the surrounding community.

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Apr 13, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation Team En Route to Northern Georgia Chemical Release Site

Washington, DC, April 13, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announced today it is deploying an investigative team to the site of Monday night's release of toxic allyl alcohol from the MFG Chemical Co. in Dalton, GA, north of Atlanta, which reportedly resulted in the evacuation of residents within a half-mile radius of the plant.

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Apr 10, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation Team on Site at Giant Industries Refinery in Gallup, NM, Site of April 8 Fire

Washington, DC, April 10, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has commenced a preliminary investigation at the site of the April 8 fire at the Giant Industries refinery near Gallup, New Mexico, west of Albuquerque.

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Apr 08, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys Investigation Team to Gallup, NM, Site of Giant Industries Refinery Explosions and Fire

Washington, DC, April 8, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announces it is deploying an investigative team to the site of this morningÂ?s explosions and fire at the Giant Industries refinery near Gallup, New Mexico, west of Albuquerque, to begin an initial examination of the accident. Preliminary reports indicate four workers suffered critical burns.

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Mar 30, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Provides Interim Report to Community On Three Honeywell International Accidents at Baton Rouge, LA, Facility

Baton Rouge, LA, March 30, 2004 - Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today provided a community update on the ongoing investigations into three accidents that occurred at Honeywell International in East Baton Rouge Parish over a 24-day period last summer.

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Mar 19, 2004 12:00 AM

New York City Moves to Revise Fire Code Following CSB Recommendation in Kaltech Investigation

Washington, DC, March 19, 2004 - Carolyn Merritt, Chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), said today the Board is pleased with the progress of the City of New York in responding to the CSB's recommendation to revise its antiquated fire code to better control the storage and use of hazardous materials. The New York City Council announced in a March 5, 2004, news release that the city's fire department has decided to revise the code and has allocated substantial funding in the department's new budget to support the revision.

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Mar 17, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB to Convene March 30 Community Meeting in Baton Rouge to Discuss Honeywell Incidents

Washington, DC, March 17, 2004 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announces that it will convene a community meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 30, 2004, to discuss preliminary findings from the CSB's investigation of three chemical incidents at a local Honeywell chemical plant.

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Mar 12, 2004 12:00 AM

Board Approves Final Report on Last Year's Explosion at D.D. Williamson & Co., Citing Improper Installation, Lack of Emergency Relief Valves, Damage History of Caramel Processing Vessel

Louisville, KY, March 12, 2004 - In a final report approved today, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) said the April 11, 2003, explosion and resulting ammonia release at the D.D. Williamson & Co. plant in Louisville were caused by over-pressurization of an eight-foot-tall food additive processing tank. The CSB said the accident could have been prevented had the company installed an emergency pressure relief valve on the tank. The CSB also noted that the tank that exploded had a history of prior damage.

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Mar 03, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Chairman Praises New OSHA Reactive Hazards Alliance

Washington, DC, March 30, 2004 - U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) Chairman Carolyn W. Merritt today released a letter praising the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for its initiative in forming a new alliance to address reactive chemical hazards, saying the effort "can help save lives, protect businesses, and spare communities from the devastating impact of reactive chemical accidents."

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Feb 26, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB to Present Final Report on D.D. Williamson Explosion at Public Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, Friday March 12, 2004

(Washington, DC - February 26, 2004) The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has scheduled a public meeting in Louisville, KY, on Friday, March 12, to present the final report into the cause of last yearÂ?s explosion and ammonia release at the D.D. Williamson & Co. plant.

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Feb 20, 2004 12:00 AM

One Year after Tragedy, CSB Investigation Focuses on Ignition Source, Hazard Awareness in CTA Acoustics Accident

(Washington, DC - February 20, 2004) One year after the deadly accident at CTA Acoustics in Corbin, KY, an investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) continues to focus on the explosion of a combustible dust cloud, ignited by flames that escaped through the open door of a malfunctioning natural gas-fired production oven. The door was left open in an attempt to regulate the temperature of the oven.

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Feb 05, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Board Declares OSHA Response to Reactives Regulation Recommendation "Unacceptable"

Washington, DC, Feb. 5, 2004--The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has formally notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that it finds "unacceptable" OSHA's response to CSB recommendations to broaden the regulation of reactive chemicals in the workplace and to compile data on reactive chemical accidents.

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Jan 28, 2004 12:00 AM

CSB Considers National Safety Issues as West Pharmaceutical Investigation Continues One Year after Explosion

(Washington, DC - January 28, 2004) The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has broadened its investigation into the root causes of the catastrophic dust explosion and fire which occurred at the West Pharmaceutical Services plant in Kinston, NC, on January 29, 2003, initiating a nationwide review of safety issues raised by accident.

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Dec 10, 2003 10:24 AM

Dr. Gerald Poje Testifies before New York City Council Committee on Need to Update City Fire Code in Wake of Kaltech Explosion

(New York City - December 10, 2003) Testifying today at a New York City Council committee hearing, U.S. Chemical Safety Board Member Dr. Gerald Poje said the city should update its antiquated fire code to prevent chemical explosions like the one that heavily damaged a Manhattan commercial building last year.

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Nov 20, 2003 12:00 AM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board to Conduct Full Investigation of DPC Enterprises Chlorine Leak in Glendale, Arizona

(Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 2003) The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announced today it will extend to a full investigation its inquiry into the chlorine release which occurred at the DPC Enterprises facility in Glendale, Arizona (near Phoenix) last Monday, Nov. 17.

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Nov 18, 2003 12:00 AM

U.S. Chemcial Safety Board Deploys Investigation Team to Site of DPC Enterprises Chlorine Leak in Glendale, Arizona

Washington, D.C., Nov. 18, 2003 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has deployed an investigation team to conduct a preliminary investigation into the chlorine release which occurred at the DPC Enterprises facility in Glendale, AZ, yesterday.

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Nov 17, 2003 12:00 AM

On First Anniversary of Investigation, Board Releases Data on 167 Serious Reactive Incidents

Washington, DC - September 17, 2003 -- The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released detailed information on the 167 serious chemical incidents analyzed in the agency's landmark 2002 study on reactive hazards, marking the first anniversary of the Board's vote for broad new initiatives to control the dangers from uncontrolled chemical reactions. The incidents covered are fires, explosions, toxic gas releases or other events where uncontrolled chemical reactions resulted in deaths, injuries, or damage, or had the potential to do so. All the incidents occurred in the U.S. between 1980 and 2001; together they were responsible for 108 deaths and numerous injuries. Following completion of the reactive study in September 2002, agency staff went back and reviewed information on each incident to ensure that it met criteria for public release.

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Nov 05, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Investigators Find Likely Source of Dust Explosion at Indiana Automotive Plant

(Huntington, Indiana - November 5, 2003) Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) have determined that last week's fatal accident at the Hayes Lemmerz automotive parts plant here likely involved an explosion of aluminum dust that originated near an aluminum chip melting furnace.

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Oct 30, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Team Heading to Site of Explosions at Indiana Automotive Parts Factory

(Washington, DC - October 30, 2003) Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) are en route to the site of a series of explosions Wednesday night at the Hayes Lemmerz aluminum wheel casting plant in Huntington, Indiana, near Fort Wayne.

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Oct 29, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Case Study Cites Deficient Management Systems, Inadequate Safeguards in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, Explosion and Fire

Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) have concluded that an explosion and fire at Catalyst Systems Inc. in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, last January most likely occurred when 200 pounds of benzoyl peroxide in a vacuum dryer rapidly decomposed. The runaway chemical reaction produced large volumes of gas under high pressure.

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Oct 15, 2003 12:00 AM

Investigators Present Final Report On First Chemical Corp. Explosion - Cite Inadequate Safety Systems, Lack of Warning Devices

(Pascagoula, Mississippi, October 15, 2003) Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) have concluded that the October 2002 plant explosion here occurred because First Chemical Corporation had not effectively evaluated the hazards of a chemical process that ran out of control. The blast blew the top off a distillation tower that was approximately 145 feet tall and propelled tons of fiery debris in the air, raining down onto adjacent industrial facilities and narrowly missing nearby hazardous chemical tanks.

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Oct 15, 2003 12:00 AM

Investigators Present Final Report On First Chemical Corp. Explosion - Cite Inadequate Safety Systems, Lack of Warning Devices

Pascagoula, Mississippi, October 15, 2003 - Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) have concluded that the October 2002 plant explosion here occurred because First Chemical Corporation had not effectively evaluated the hazards of a chemical process that ran out of control. The blast blew the top off a distillation tower that was approximately 145 feet tall and propelled tons of fiery debris in the air, raining down onto adjacent industrial facilities and narrowly missing nearby hazardous chemical tanks.

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Sep 30, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Final Report On Chelsea Building Explosion, Calls On New York City To Strengthen Fire Code

(New York City - September 30, 2003) The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today recommended that New York City modernize its 85-year-old municipal fire code, concluding that a stronger code and better inspections might have prevented last year's building explosion in Chelsea. That blast on April 25, 2002, injured 36 people, including 14 members of the public and six firefighters.

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Sep 29, 2003 12:00 AM

Board Investigators Returning to Site of Recent Gas Explosion near Dayton, Ohio

(Washington, DC - September 29, 2003) Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) are returning today to the site of last week's violent explosion at the Isotec chemical manufacturing plant in Miamisburg, Ohio, southwest of Dayton. The explosion ruptured a carbon monoxide pipe and ignited the gas, prompting a precautionary evacuation that affected about 2000 residents within a mile of the plant. CSB lead investigator John Vorderbrueggen and Board member John Bresland were en route back to the site and were expected to meet with concerned citizens today. The effectiveness of the emergency response and the evacuation order are important issues in the case, investigators say.

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Sep 29, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Investigating Three Recent Chemical Incidents at Honeywell Baton Rouge Plant

(Washington, DC - September 29, 2003) Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) are now examining three separate incidents that occurred in July and August at the Honeywell Specialty Materials Plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. These incidents impacted employees, the neighboring community, and the environment.

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Sep 17, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Investigators Cite Lack of Effective Management Systems in Hydrogen Sulfide Incident at Cincinnati Waste Disposal Plant

(Washington, DC, September 17, 2003) A release of potentially deadly hydrogen sulfide (H2S) at the Environmental Enterprises Inc. (EEI) waste treatment facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, resulted from treating chemical wastes in an inappropriate vessel, according to investigators from U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) speaking today a Board public meeting.

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Sep 17, 2003 12:00 AM

Board Votes 5-0 to Approve Reports in BLSR, Environmental Enterprises Cases

(Washington, DC, September 17, 2003) The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) unanimously approved two investigation reports in a public meeting today Washington, concluding that last January's deadly fire at an oilfield waste disposal facility south of Houston could have been avoided if the companies involved had safer procedures for handling flammable wastes.

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Sep 17, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Investigators Find Lack of Hazard Recognition, Unsafe Handling of Flammable Liquids Caused BLSR Fire

(Washington, DC, September 17, 2003) Last January's deadly fire at an oilfield waste disposal facility south of Houston could have been avoided if the companies involved had safer procedures for handling flammable wastes, investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) reported today in a public meeting.

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Sep 17, 2003 12:00 AM

Board Votes 5-0 to Approve Reports in BLSR, Environmental Enterprises Cases

(Washington, DC, September 17, 2003) The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) unanimously approved two investigation reports in a public meeting today Washington, concluding that last January's deadly fire at an oilfield waste disposal facility south of Houston could have been avoided if the companies involved had safer procedures for handling flammable wastes.

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Sep 08, 2003 12:00 AM

Board to Convene September 17 Public Meeting in Washington, DC, on BLSR and Environmental Enterprises Investigations

(Washington, DC -- September 8, 2003) The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has announced it will convene a public meeting in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2003, to present final reports on two recent investigations.

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Sep 08, 2003 12:00 AM

Board to Convene September 30 Public Meeting in New York City on Kaltech Investigation

(Washington, DC -- September 8, 2003) The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has announced it will convene a public meeting in New York City on September 30, 2003, to present its final report into the April 2002 explosion at a commercial building on West 19th Street in the Chelsea district of Manhattan.

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Sep 08, 2003 12:00 AM

Board to Convene September 17 Public Meeting in Washington, DC, on BLSR and Environmental Enterprises Investigations

(Washington, DC -- September 8, 2003) The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has announced it will convene a public meeting in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2003, to present final reports on two recent investigations.

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Aug 14, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Investigative Team Returning to Honeywell's Baton Rouge, LA Facility

(Washington, DC - August 14, 2003) Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) are returning to the Honeywell refrigerant plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana today. This will be the third time in just over three weeks that the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has responded to an incident at this facility. CSB investigators will include yesterday's spill of hydrofluoric acid in their ongoing investigation into two earlier incidents. The acid spill Wednesday morning burned one worker and caused inhalation problems in another. Both were reported hospitalized.

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Aug 12, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Chair Carolyn Merritt Commends New Jersey Officials On Reactive Hazards Safety Action

Washington, DC, Aug. 12, 2003 --U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chair Carolyn Merritt today commended the recent action by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection which adds reactive chemicals to the list of "extraordinarily hazardous substances" that trigger the risk management planning requirements of New Jersey's Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act. The action is designed to provide greater protection for residents living near industrial facilities. Chairman Merritt said, "The CSB is very concerned about reactive hazards. I am happy to see this kind of life-saving action being taken in New Jersey and commend New Jersey officials. We would like to see action taken on a federal level as well in the interest of protecting workers and residents who live near chemical plants." Following an extensive, two-year study of reactive hazards in the chemical industry, the 5-member CSB Board last fall approved recommendations to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the need for additional regulation of reactive hazards. The CSB study identified 167 reactive incidents which caused 108 deaths over a twenty year period. Dr. Gerald Poje, on behalf of the CSB, earlier this year had urged New Jersey officials to take action.

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Jul 21, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Investigative Team Heading to Site of Baton Rouge Chlorine Accident

(Washington, DC - July 21, 2003) Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) are en route to the site of yesterday's chlorine gas release at the Honeywell refrigerant plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The release early Sunday morning resulted in the hospitalization of four plant workers and required about 600 nearby residents to shelter in their homes. Several residents also sought medical evaluation.

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Jul 08, 2003 12:00 AM

Preliminary Findings Indicate Combustible Dust, Likely Ignited by a Malfunctioning Oven, Caused Fatal CTA Explosion

(Corbin, KY, July 8, 2003) The explosion and fire at the CTA Acoustics plant in Corbin, KY, earlier this year was caused when combustible dust in the plant ignited, according to preliminary findings of investigators of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).

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Jun 25, 2003 12:00 AM

Board Releases Safety Bulletin on Nitrogen Asphyxiation Hazards, Underscores Need for Good Safety Practices

Washington, DC - June 25, 2003) Reporting that nitrogen asphyxiation has caused 80 fatalities in the U.S. over the last decade, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today released a new safety bulletin that presents a series of good safety practices to prevent nitrogen-related incidents.

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Jun 18, 2003 12:00 AM

Preliminary Findings Confirm Blast at West Pharmaceutical Services in Kinston, NC, Was a Dust Explosion Fueled by Plastic Powder Used in Manufacturing

(Kinston, NC - June 18, 2003) Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) told a community audience here tonight that last January's massive blast at medical device maker West Pharmaceutical Services, which killed six workers and injured dozens more, was in fact an explosion of fine plastic powder used in the manufacturing of rubber products.

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May 01, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Board Votes 5-0 to Approve Report on DPC Chlorine Release, Calls for Industry-Wide System for Hose Identification

(Festus, MO - May 1, 2003) Saying that better equipment maintenance and quality assurance programs could have prevented last year's atmospheric release of chlorine from DPC Enterprises in Festus, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board today approved its final report and recommendations on the accident and called for industry-wide measures to improve chlorine safety.

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Apr 16, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Releases Preliminary Findings in Kaltech Industries April 25, 2002, Explosion in New York - Cites Improper Mixing of Waste Chemicals, Lack of Workplace Safety Procedures

(New York City - April 16, 2003) The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today will present preliminary findings from an investigation into the April 25, 2002, explosion at Kaltech Industries, which injured 31 people seriously enough to seek hospital treatment, including 14 members of the public.

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Apr 11, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Sending Investigation Team To Explosion Site In Louisville, KY

(Washington, DC, April 11, 2003) The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is deploying a team of investigators to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the explosion and ammonia gas release at the D.D. Williamson & Co. food additive manufacturing plant in Louisville, KY.

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Mar 17, 2003 12:00 AM

Board Member Poje Testifies in New Jersey on Reactive Hazards

Washington, DC - March 17, 2003 - Board Member Dr. Gerald Poje told New Jersey state regulators in Trenton today that their new proposed reactive hazards regulation "includes actions in line with the Board's recommendations to OSHA." Reactive hazards are the dangers associated with uncontrolled chemical reactions in industrial processes. These uncontrolled reactions - such as thermal runaways and chemical decompositions - have been responsible for numerous fires, explosions, and toxic gas releases. From 1980 and 2001, 167 serious reactive accidents caused 108 fatalities in the U.S., according to the CSB's reactive hazards investigation.

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Mar 06, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation Finds Inadequate Fire Detection and Protection Systems Led to May 1st Disaster at Houston Area Third Coast Plant

(Houston, TX - March 6, 2003) Better fire protection systems could have suppressed the huge fire that swept through the Third Coast Industries facility south of the city last year, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has found in a report to be considered for approval at a CSB public meeting Thursday in Houston.

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Mar 06, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Board Unanimously Finds Inadequate Fire Detection and Protection Systems Led to May 1st Disaster at Houston Area Third Coast Plant

(Houston, TX - March 6, 2003) Better fire protection systems could have suppressed the huge fire that swept through the Third Coast Industries facility south of the city last year, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has found in a report approved unanimously today at a CSB public meeting in Houston.

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Feb 28, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation Team To Return To Corbin (KY) Explosion Site Next Week

(Washington, DC - Feb. 28, 2003) Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today completed their first week's work at CTA Acoustics in Corbin, KY, where an explosion last Thursday caused four fatal injuries and left a number of workers with severe burns. The investigative team will return to the Corbin site next week.

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Feb 22, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Investigation Team Enters Explosion Site In Corbin, Kentucky

(Washington, DC - Feb. 22, 2003) Experts from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today entered the site of yesterday's explosion at CTA Acoustics near Corbin, Kentucky, beginning what is expected to be a lengthy investigation into the cause of the devastating blast that seriously burned more than 10 workers.

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Feb 20, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Deploys Investigation Team To Site Of Explosion In Corbin, Kentucky

(Washington, DC - Feb. 20, 2003) The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has dispatched a preliminary investigative team to the site of this morning's explosion at the CTA Acoustics plant in Corbin, KY. ​

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Feb 07, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Team Heading to Site of Rhode Island Chemical Incident

(Washington, DC - February 7, 2003) The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has dispatched an investigative team to the site of this morning's reported chemical explosion at Technic Inc. in Cranston, Rhode Island, south of Providence. CSB Board Member Dr. Isadore (Irv) Rosenthal will be accompanying the team, which will be headed by lead investigator Randy McClure. Preliminary reports indicate that a number of injuries occurred and that cyanide, acid, and other materials may have been present. The CSB team will immediately begin examining the nature of the accident.

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Feb 03, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Team Finds Several Possible Sources of Explosive Dust at Destroyed N.C. Medical Plant

(Kinston, NC - February 3, 2003, 4 p.m. Eastern) Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) now say they have identified several potential sources of explosive dust from rubber processing operations at West Pharmaceuticals and are looking into what ignited a massive explosion on the lower level of the rubber compounding area at the plant.

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Jan 30, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Team Focuses on Rubber Blending Area in North Carolina Explosion

(Kinston, NC - January 30, 2003, 7 p.m. Eastern) Following leads from more than one hundred witness interviews by federal investigators, experts from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board believe that Wednesday's deadly explosion at West Pharmaceuticals in Kinston, North Carolina, originated in an area of the plant where synthetic rubber compounds were processed and dried.

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Jan 16, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Investigators Examining Source of Flammable Vapor Cloud in Fatal Houston Area Truck Fire

(Houston, TX - January 16, 2003) Investigators with the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, accompanied by Board Chairman Carolyn W. Merritt, continue their investigation into the cause of a deadly flash fire at an oilfield waste recovery facility south of Houston, which killed two workers and injured three others on Monday, January 13, 2003.

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Jan 14, 2003 12:00 AM

CSB Team Heads to Houston Area Accident Scene

(Washington, DC - January 14, 2003) A CSB investigative team is en route to the site of Monday's explosion in Brazoria County, TX, south of Houston that killed two workers and injured five others. The accident at BLSR Operating apparently involved two stationary vacuum tank trucks carrying petroleum wastes. CSB Chairman Carolyn W. Merritt is accompanying the team, which is headed by CSB Investigator John Vorderbrueggen. The team will assess whether to conduct a full CSB investigation of the incident, which would lead to a determination of causes and issuance of safety recommendations.

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Jan 10, 2003 12:00 AM

Board Members To Brief Mississippi Community on First Chemical Plant Explosion

(Washington, DC - January 10, 2003) Members of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board will conduct a community meeting 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, at Pascagoula (Miss.) City Hall to brief officials and the public on the explosion and fire at the nearby First Chemical plant that occurred last October 13.

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Dec 04, 2002 12:00 AM

CSB Safety Advisory Calls for Validation of Chlorine Transfer Hoses

(Washington, DC - December 4, 2002) Finding that the use of an incorrect hose led to an August 2002 chlorine leak near St. Louis, a new safety advisory issued today by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) calls on other chlorine users to verify the materials of construction of their chlorine transfer hoses. The advisory grows out of an August 14, 2002, chlorine release at DPC Enterprises in Festus, Missouri. In that incident, a transfer hose failed catastrophically during the unloading of a chlorine rail car. Due to the malfunction of an automatic shutdown system, the leak continued unabated for several hours, eventually causing the release of about 48,000 pounds of toxic chlorine gas. Sixty-three people, including workers and nearby residents, sought hospital treatment as the result of the leak.

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Nov 22, 2002 12:00 AM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Votes 5-0 to Approve Georgia-Pacific Accident Report, Looks to Review Sewer Hazards

(Washington, DC - November 22, 2002) The U.S. Chemical Safety Board voted 5-0 on November 20 to approve the final staff report into the root causes of the January 16, 2002, hydrogen sulfide gas leak at the Georgia-Pacific Naheola pulp and paper mill in Pennington, Alabama, which took the lives of two workers and injured another eight.

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Nov 20, 2002 12:00 AM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Meets to Vote on Findings and Safety Recommendations in Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill Gas Release That Killed 2 and Injured 8

(Washington, DC - November 20, 2002) The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is expected to vote today on the final staff report into the root causes of the January 16, 2002, hydrogen sulfide gas leak at the Georgia-Pacific Naheola pulp and paper mill in Pennington, Alabama, which took the lives of two workers and injured another eight. The staff investigation concluded that plant management had not followed good engineering and process safety practices when they earlier connected a drain from a tank truck unloading area into an acidic process sewer system. On the day of the incident, sodium hydrosulfide -- a process chemical that had spilled in the unloading area - reacted to release deadly hydrogen sulfide gas when it contacted acidic material in the sewer. The toxic gas vented from the sewer through a nearby fiberglass manhole cover and engulfed the workers. The two deaths and all but one of the injuries occurred among employees of Burkes Construction who were working in the vicinity on an unrelated construction project.

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Oct 23, 2002 12:00 AM

Board to Conduct Full Investigation of First Chem Explosion

(October 23, 2002 - Washington, DC) The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) will conduct a full investigation of the October 13th distillation tower explosion at First Chemical Corp. near Pascagoula, Mississippi, where CSB investigators are continuing to conduct interviews and collect other data.

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Oct 16, 2002 12:00 AM

Board Deploys Field Investigation Team to Mississippi Accident Site

(October 16, 2002 - Washington, DC) The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today deployed a field investigation team to the site of a chemical explosion at the First Chemical Corp. manufacturing facility near Pascagoula, Mississippi. The team, headed by lead investigator Steve Selk and accompanied by Board Member Dr. Gerald Poje, will review the circumstances of the Sunday morning explosion that seriously damaged a large nitrotoluene distillation tower and ignited fires in a storage tank and elsewhere. Three workers received minor injuries, and nearby residents were temporarily sheltered in place. The purpose of the initial field work will be to determine if the accident warrants a full-scale investigation, which would entail a thorough analysis of the event and its causes and of the safety systems in place at the plant. First Chemical Corp., a subsidiary of ChemFirst Inc., is a producer of aniline and nitrotoluene derivatives and intermediates.

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Sep 20, 2002 12:00 AM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Votes 5-0 to Recommend New OSHA, EPA, and Industry Standards to Control Chemical Reaction Hazards

Sept. 20, 2002 - Washington, DC) Meeting before a public audience in Houston on September 17th, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) unanimously approved a total of 18 new recommendations to reduce the number of serious industrial accidents caused by uncontrolled chemical reactions and called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue new mandatory safety standards. CSB investigators told the Board members and the public that inadequate controls of chemical reaction hazards are responsible for continuing deaths, injuries, and environmental and property damage around the country. Three workers who were severely burned on March 27, 2000, in a reactive accident at Phillips Chemical Co. in Pasadena, Texas, spoke at the public meeting prior to the Board vote. For the first time the Board called on OSHA and EPA to extend their process safety regulations - known as the Process Safety Management standard and the Risk Management Program rule - to better control hazards associated with chemical reactivity. Under the terms of the Clean Air Act, OSHA and EPA must respond within no more than 180 days to the Board's recommendations.

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Sep 17, 2002 12:00 AM

Two-Year Staff Investigation Points to Gaps in OSHA and Industry Standards for Reactive Chemicals

September 17, 2002, Houston, TX -- The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) convenes in Houston today to vote on recommendations to OSHA, EPA, and trade groups to improve the safety of industrial processes that can experience hazardous chemical reactions. Inadequate controls of such "reactive hazards" are responsible for continuing deaths, injuries, and environmental and property damage around the country, according to the Board.

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Aug 28, 2002 12:00 AM

News Release August 28, 2002 - U.S. Chemical Safety Board Approves Findings and Recommendations in Aftermath of Motiva Refinery Sulfuric Acid Tank Farm Disaster

(Wilmington, DE - August 28, 2002) The U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today voted to recommend that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administation (OSHA) work to ensure that aboveground chemical storage tanks be regulated under OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) standard.

Aug 21, 2002 07:53 PM

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Launches Full Investigation of St. Louis-Area Chlorine Gas Release

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Launches Full Investigation of St. Louis-Area Chlorine Gas Release (Washington, DC - August 21, 2002) The U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has announced it will conduct a full-scale investigation into the root causes of the three-hour chlorine gas leak at a DPC Enterprises plant in Festus, MO, about 35 miles south of St. Louis. The decision to launch a detailed investigation follows a preliminary assessment conducted by two CSB investigators who​

Aug 14, 2002 07:54 PM

CSB Sends Assessment Team to Missouri Chlorine Leak Site

(Washington, DC – August 14, 2002) The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today dispatched two investigators to the scene of a chlorine gas leak at a rail tanker car loading facility south of St. Louis, MO. Investigators John Murphy and Giby Joseph will perform a preliminary assessment into the cause of the hazardous leak. Depending upon the outcome, the CSB could launch a full investigation of the event.

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May 23, 2002 12:00 AM

Hazard of Chemical Reaction "Not Recognized" At Former BP Amoco; CSB Recommends Safety Improvements

(Washington, DC - May 23, 2002) - The molten plastic that was involved in last year's fatal accident at the former BP Amoco plant in Augusta, Ga., was known by company researchers to undergo a gas-producing reaction at high temperatures, but the resulting dangers to workers were not adequately recognized or controlled in the plant design or operating procedures, federal accident investigators said today.

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May 01, 2002 12:00 AM

Chemical Safety Board Launches New Investigation

On Wednesday, May 1, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board initiated a new investigation into a chemical plant fire at Third Coast Packaging Company in Friendswood, Texas, near Houston. Friendswood is a rural area about 20 miles southeast of Houston. Third Coast Packaging manufactures automotive and industrial lubricants and packaging. According to initial reports, the fire stated about 1 AM, Wednesday, in a storage warehouse. Two warehouses have apparently been destroyed and at least 15 storage tanks were fully engulfed in flames.

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Apr 26, 2002 12:00 AM

CSB Investigators Probing New York City Building Explosion

April 26, 2002 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today deployed an investigative team to the site of a building explosion that injured dozens yesterday in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The team will investigate early indications that the explosion may have been the result of a hazardous chemical reaction at the Kaltech Industries Group, a sign manufacturing company. The investigators will initially determine whether hazardous materials were stored in the mixed-use building and how the safety of those materials was managed. CSB Board Member Dr. Gerald Poje is en route to the accident site.

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Feb 01, 2002 12:00 AM

CSB Releases Case Study of Concept Sciences Explosion

(Washington, DC - February 1, 2002) The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board today issued a case study of a destructive explosion that occurred at the plant of Concept Sciences Inc., near Allentown, PA, on February 19, 1999. As a result of the explosion four Concept Sciences employees and the manager of an adjacent business were killed. Two Concept Sciences employees were injured, as were four people in nearby buildings. The explosion damaged ten buildings and several residences in the immediate area.

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Jan 23, 2002 12:00 AM

U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Launches Probe of Fatal Alabama Mill Incident

(Montgomery, Alabama --- January 23, 2002) Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) Tuesday continued their examination of last week's fatal incident at Georgia Pacific Corp.'s Naheola Mill. Meanwhile, a CSB Board member who met Tuesday with plant management at the mill says he is appreciative of the companys pledge of cooperation with the CSB investigation.

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Jan 16, 2002 12:00 AM

Final Board Report on Fatal Bethlehem Steel Fire Finds Inadequate Supervision of Hazardous Maintenance Work

MERRILLVILLE, INDIANA, JANUARY 16, 2002 -- The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board today released the results of its investigation into the fatal incident that occurred on February 2, 2001, at the Bethlehem Steel Burns Harbor Mill in Chesterton, Indiana. The Board identified several causes of the incident, including inadequate management systems for the supervision, planning and execution of maintenance work.

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Aug 28, 2001 12:00 AM

CSB Safety Bulletin Says "Managing Change" Is Essential to Safe Chemical Process Operations

(Washington, DC - August 28, 2001): In industry, as elsewhere, change often brings progress. But it can also increase risks that, if not properly managed, create conditions that may lead to injuries, property damage or even death.

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Jul 25, 2001 12:00 AM

News Release July 25, 2001 - Board Intensifies Investigation of Motiva Acid Tank Failure, Fire; Four Additional Investigation Team Members Deployed

(Washington, DC - July 25, 2001): The U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has dispatched six investigation team members to the site of the catastrophic failure of a storage tank containing spent sulfuric acid at Motiva Enterprise's Delaware City (Del.) refinery. Eight people were injured in the release and accompanying fire. One contract employee is still missing.

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Mar 28, 2001 12:00 AM

Federal Investigation of Tosco Refinery Fire Finds Flawed Management Supervision

(Washington, DC - March 28, 2001) A fire at Tosco's Avon refinery in Martinez, California, could have been prevented by better management supervision of safety, according to the final report of the U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). The report culminates an exhaustive two-year investigation of the 1999 petroleum fire that claimed the lives of four workers. The Avon refinery was acquired by UDS Corporation last year.

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Mar 21, 2001 12:00 AM

CSB to Investigate Fatal BP Amoco Explosion

(Washington, DC - March 21, 2001): The U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has dispatched a second investigative team to the site of a fatal explosion at a Georgia plastics manufacturing facility. The team will carry on work begun shortly after the incident by a CSB preliminary assessment team. The blast early on the morning of March 13 left three dead at the BP Amoco Polymers plant in Augusta. The explosion initiated a secondary chemical fire that took five hours to bring under control.

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Feb 08, 2001 12:00 AM

Board Team to Investigate Bethlehem Steel Fire

(Washington, DC - February 8, 2001): The U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has dispatched a team of seven accident investigators to the site of a recent fatal fire at a Bethlehem Steel plant. The fire at the Burns Harbor, Indiana, steel mill killed two workers and injured four others, one seriously. The fatalities included one company employee and a contract worker.

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Dec 15, 2000 12:00 AM

Chemical Safety Board To Issue Two Safety Bulletins

(Washington, DC - December 15, 2000): The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) today announced a plan to issue two special Safety Bulletins arising out of Board accident investigations.

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