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."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… antially since 2006, a Center for Public Integrity analysis found, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general said in a report last August that the CSB’s growin …"

Chemical board's unfinished investigations hinder agency mission, IG finds

By Chris Hamby

A backlog of Chemical Safety Board investigations hinders the agency's ability to help prevent future accidents, a new IG report concludes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… rt released this week by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General concluded. A recent Center for Public Integrity story examined the causes …"

"… Congress and family members of those who died. “I’m encouraged by the Inspector General’s recommendations, but this report doesn’t change the fact that after …"

As critics press for action, Chemical Safety Board investigations languish

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which probes chemical accidents, is under attack for its slow investigative pace.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Transport":

"… afety Board — an independent agency modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board — launched investigations. Like the NTSB, the Chemical …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… inspected in more than a decade, according to the Washington Department of Labor & Industries. The aging heat exchanger burst, engulfing the workers in …"

"… ikely be completed by early 2012, according to the state’s Department of Labor & Industries. Steve Garey, a worker at the Anacortes refinery and pres …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… , according to Michael Silverstein, who heads the Washington Department of Labor & Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health.“The curr …"

"… delay abatement simply by appealing.”Washington state’s Department of Labor & Industries is writing rules that will determine how the new law is e …"

"… oro challenged inspectors’ conclusions. “We disagree with L&I’s [Labor & Industries’] characterization of Tesoro’s operations at Anacorte …"

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

By Chris Hamby

Year after tragedy, government pleads for prevention

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chemical Safety Board":

"… ry to make the safety investments that might prevent similar tragedies.The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency that is investigating the Anacortes blast, …"

Regulatory flaws, repeated violations put oil refinery workers at risk

By Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell

The nation’s refineries are plagued by equipment failures and sometimes-fatal accidents that in many cases could have been prevented.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chemical Safety Board":

"… em with the refinery industry,” said Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent government agency whose investigations of refinery acciden …"

"… refinery, which killed 15 workers and injured at least 180 others. Credit: U.S. Chemical Safety BoardSafety rules are on the books, but enforcement, if it happens at all, frequ …"

Renegade Refiner: OSHA says BP has “systemic safety problem”

By Jim Morris and M.B. Pell

Two refineries owned by oil giant BP account for 97 percent of all flagrant violations found in the refining industry by government safety i

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Michaels":

"… systemic safety problem in their company,” Barab said.The head of OSHA, David Michaels, said the safety problems aren’t limited to BP. “We are very concerned …"