Communities at risk from oil refineries that use toxic chemical

By Kimberly Leonard

Our interactive map shows areas that lie in the path of a potential HF chemical release

Equipment failure at refinery leads to toxic HF release

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

A hydrofluoric acid leak from an oil refinery in Ohio sent a worker to the hospital

The forgotten ones: Few remedies for injured contractors

By Jim Morris

Contractors injured on the job, like Jose Herrera, have little means for redress

Delay of long-awaited refinery accident report signals divisions at Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby

A last-minute change to a public meeting on a 2010 explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Washington State has board members "embarrassed."

Report urges phaseout of deadly acid

By Chris Hamby

A survey of refinery workers found deep concern about the handling of hydrofluoric acid and recommends safer alternatives

Toxic acid release again draws federal investigators

By Chris Hamby

Federal investigators are back at a Texas oil refinery that had a close call three years ago

Highly toxic acid used by refineries sends workers to hospital — again

By Chris Hamby

Highly toxic acid used by refineries sends workers to hospital - again

IMPACT: Refinery union to seek safety fixes in contract talks

By Corbin Hiar

Refinery workers union says it will seek safer steps to prevent recurring fires and hazards

Safety risks underscored by violations at ExxonMobil refinery

By Alexandra Duszak

Though violations were serious, fixes need not be immediate

Fourth fire this year strikes refinery that relies on toxic acid

By Chris Hamby

Company reports no chemical releases, but event underscores risks to nation's aging fuel factories

IMPACT: Reform boosts workplace safety even while companies appeal inspectors' conclusions

By Jim Morris and Emma Schwartz

Some employers must fix hazards while challenging regulators' findings

Gas pipeline operators shape and pay for regulators' safety studies

By Eric Nalder

Industry's access to federal agency policing hazards assures influence

Four years after oil company's criminal conviction for pollution, still no sentencing

By Jim Morris

Four years after oil company's criminal conviction for air pollution, still no sentencing

Do you live near an oil refinery? Tell us your experience

Do you live near an oil refinery?

IMPACT: In Philadelphia, plea for safer alternative at refinery

By Jim Morris

IMPACT: No harm from clouds of toxic acid, refiner says — to skepticism

IMPACT: Refinery's use of toxic chemical spurs hearing

By Jim Morris

Politician to ask about safety at a Philadelphia refinery

One year after tragedy, agency urges oil refineries to invest in safety

By Chris Hamby

Year after tragedy, government pleads for prevention

New oil refinery in South Dakota says it will use alternative to toxic acid

By Chris Hamby

The company planning to build the nation’s first new major oil refinery in 35 years will use a safer technology as a substitute for a highly

Refinery settles violations from ‘avoidable’ HF release

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

A Texas oil refinery featured in a joint Center for Public Integrity-ABC News investigation into the dangers of hydrofluoric acid has agreed

Use of toxic acid puts millions at risk

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

A 2009 explosion in Corpus Christ sheds light on danger of toxic acid cloud

Writers and editors

Jim Morris

Managing Editor, Environment The Center for Public Integrity

Jim Morris is managing editor for environment and labor at the Center for Public Integrity.... More about Jim Morris

Chris Hamby

The Center for Public Integrity

Chris Hamby’s series Breathless and Burdened, describing how the coal industry beat back miners' claims for black lung health be... More about Chris Hamby