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Chemical Safety Investigation Board (CSB)

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Numerous safety deficiencies led to four deaths at DuPont plant in 2014 – CSB 26 June 2019

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final investigation report into a fatal chemical leak which killed four workers in November 2014 at the DuPont Plant in La Porte, Texas. The report, released on June 25, revealed that a number of safety deficiencies led to the release of methyl mercaptan and the subsequent death of four workers....

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Husky oil refinery blast caused by ineffective safeguard - CSB 14 December 2018

On December 12, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said the April explosion at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, was caused by an ineffective safeguard that failed to prevent a leak of hydrocarbons into the atmosphere. The blast and fire in the plant’s catalytic cracker unit led to 36 people seeking medical treatment, including 11 working at the refinery, the board said....

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CSB releases factual update on fatal Oklahoma gas well blowout and fire 20 August 2018

An investigation by the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) into an explosion and fire at the Pryor Trust Gas Well in Oklahoma that killed five workers has made new findings. Investigators said that more than 100 barrels of drilling fluid flowed into the site’s mud pits before the blowout, far above levels that should have triggered alarms, and a strong indicator natural gas was flowing into the wellbore. ...

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Congress defies Trump Administration’s efforts to scrap CSB 17 August 2018

In an article dated August 16, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has looked at the Trump administration’s efforts to close down the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the independent federal agency that investigates high hazard industry incidents and makes recommendations to ensure that lessons are learned after each incident....

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A decade after fatal Georgia sugar plant explosion, US dust explosion safety standards remain elusive 20 July 2018

On February 8, 2008, a series of dust explosions at the Imperial Sugar Company plant at Port Wentworth, Georgia, killed 14 people and injured dozens more. After the incident, Congress passed a bill requiring the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to set standards on combustible dust, but, ten years’ on, no such standards have been introduced and, every year, dust explosions continue to claim lives across the country....

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CSB: The Last Chance Saloon 15 June 2018

At the PS Congres process safety conference in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, in late May, US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) chairwoman Vanessa Sutherland confirmed to Hazardex that she had resigned her position at the agency. ...

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CSB gives update on fatal Wisconsin grain mill blast 02 May 2018

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) held a news conference on April 30 to give an update on its investigation into a grain dust explosion in May 2017, which killed five workers and injured 14 others at Didion Milling in Cambria, Wisconsin....

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CSB releases animation of Louisiana pulp and paper mill explosion 06 April 2018

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a new animation detailing the events of the February 8, 2017, explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America’s DeRidder, Louisiana, Pulp and Paper Mill that killed three contract workers and injured seven others. The explosion occurred during hot work activities during the facility’s annual shutdown....

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CSB says US chemical plants must be better prepared for natural disasters 16 November 2017

The US Chemical Safety Board, concerned about the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and natural disasters, is warning the chemical industry to rethink its emergency plans in light of the Arkema fires in Crosby, Texas, that followed Hurricane Harvey in late August....

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Trump budget would eliminate US Chemical Safety Board 20 March 2017

The Trump administration's budget blueprint would scrap the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB), an independent federal agency that investigates major chemical and oil industry incidents. The CSB has no regulatory power but is influential because its recommendations are often adopted by industry and government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)....