U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board News

U.S. Safety Board: No Alert System at Texas Petrochemical Facility Damaged by Fire

A company that owns a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility which burned for days in March didn’t have an alert system in place to warn of releases from its tanks, a federal agency investigating the blaze said Wednesday. The fire, which …

Safety Board Report Says Ruptured Pipe Elbow Led to Philadelphia Refinery Fire

A ruptured section of metal piping installed more than 40 years ago led to an uncontrolled release of hazardous materials at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing Refinery (PES) in Philadelphia, Penn., on June 21, causing a fire and …

Toxic Chemical at PES Refinery Mostly Cleared, Aiding Probe of June Blaze

Most of a highly toxic chemical stored at a fire-damaged Philadelphia oil refinery has been rendered inert, clearing the way for closer inspections of the site following a June blaze that led to the plant’s closure, officials said on Friday. …

Lawsuit: Drilling Company Knew Oklahoma Rig Was Unsafe Before Explosion

Drilling company officials ignored multiple warnings that safety equipment at an Oklahoma gas well was malfunctioning before an explosion that killed five workers and badly injured another, the family of one of the dead workers contends in a recent court …

Flames Shot Out of Grinder Before 2017 Wisconsin Mill Explosion

A corn grinder began belching flames shortly before a deadly explosion tore through a southern Wisconsin mill last year, federal safety inspectors said. The May 31 blast at the Didion Milling Co. plant in Cambria killed five workers, injured 14 …

Wisconsin Oil Refinery Fire Injures at Least 15

An explosion at Husky Energy’s refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, caused a fire that burned for several hours on Thursday and sent smoke billowing into the air, prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents, officials said. Local media said at least …

2 Killed in Explosion at West Virginia Industrial Plant

An explosion at a West Virginia industrial plant has killed two people and injured a third. Officials say the explosion was reported last week at Midland Resource Recovery, a company based in Ontario, Canada, that odorizes natural gas. The U.S. …

Report: St. Louis Tank in Deadly Explosion Needed Emergency Repairs

A giant steam-filled tank weighing nearly 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) that exploded at a St. Louis box plant, flew a quarter-mile into the air and smashed into a neighboring building, was being used despite needing emergency repairs, federal investigators said …

Exxon Deficiencies Found In California Refinery Blast, Probe Shows

An explosion at an ExxonMobil oil refinery in California last year could have been prevented if managers had taken into account aging safety equipment and shut down a key, spark-generating part of the refinery before attempting repairs elsewhere, federal investigators …

Ex-Chemical Board Safety Chairman Could Face Probe

Two House members are seeking a Justice Department investigation of the former head of the federal board that investigates chemical accidents, saying they believe he made multiple false statements while testifying before an oversight committee. The request for the federal …