Feds Press California Officials on Refinery Safety

A picture taken on November 5, 2012 shows a general view of the French oil giant Total refinery in Donges, near Nantes in western France.
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Ben Geman
Dec. 17, 2013, 2 a.m.

An in­de­pend­ent fed­er­al agency is ur­ging Cali­for­nia of­fi­cials to beef up re­finery safety in the wake of a ma­jor 2012 fire at a Chev­ron re­finery there.

The U.S. Chem­ic­al Safety Board on Monday pushed Cali­for­nia of­fi­cials to re­quire own­ers of crude-oil re­finer­ies to prove they can run their plants at the low­est pos­sible risk, Re­u­ters re­ports.

The San Fran­cisco Chron­icle re­ports on the board’s call for a “dra­mat­ic safety over­haul” at re­finer­ies in Cali­for­nia and around the na­tion.

The fed­er­al re­port noted that there has been al­most no im­prove­ment in safety des­pite a string of ac­ci­dents, in­clud­ing a fire at BP’s Texas City re­finery that killed 15 work­ers in 2005, the pa­per re­ports.


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