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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.
Video of damage from massive explosion and fire is West, TX
Link to full text of news release: http://is.gd/bFeio0
The interim report was approved at a public meeting in Richmond, California on April 19, 2013
Video was released during CSB public meeting Friday April 19, 2013, at the Richmond Civic Center.
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
Meeting postponed due to CSB deployment to West Fertilizer Plant Accident
Investigators will arrive onsite Thursday
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.
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