Watching Government: Broader questions at Richmond

Broader questions emerged as the US Chemical Safety Board released its draft report on its investigation of an Aug. 6, 2012, incident at Chevron USA Inc.'s Richmond, Calif., refinery. "We have come to the conclusion that the whole regulatory system needs to be revamped," Don Holmstrom, director of CSB's Western Regional Investigation office in Denver, said at a briefing on Aug. 15. "It needs more tools to do the job." Chevron and CSB's separate investigations found that sulfidation corrosion caused pipe in the refinery's No. 4 crude unit to fail, releasing a vapor cloud that subsequently ignited. No one was injured, but about 15,000 people from the surrounding area sou...

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