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U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso speaks during a news conference at the Emeryville Hilton Garden Inn Monday about the board's second of three reports on the August 2012 Chevron Richmond refinery fire, which endangered 19 workers and sent 15,000 people to area hospitals. Aerial photos of the fire's smoke plume sit nearby. (Photo by: Kevin N. Hume)

Chemical Safety Board recommends industry-wide changes in Chevron fire report

U.S. Chemical Safety Board representatives and investigators on Monday recommended sweeping changes to the California petroleum industry following the August 2012 fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.
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Feds approve results of Chevron fire investigation

On Aug. 6 of last year, the rough draft of a federal investigation says, an employee at the Chevron Richmond refinery noticed a puddle on the ground.
Federal, state and local officials address Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and democratic  senators Loni Hancock and Mark DeSaulnier on Aug. 6 Richmond Chevron refinery fire in a hearing on April 5 at Richmond City Hall focused on preventing future incidents. (Photo by: Sean Greene)

Chevron fire investigators: Overhaul needed to prevent future incidents

Despite all the eyes on the Richmond Chevron refinery before last August’s fire, the plant’s corroded crude pipe still went unnoticed, federal and state officials said Friday. Federal and state investigators have determined Chevron disregarded...
The co-announced legislation would impose higher fines against air quality polluters and ensure more timely corrections to unsafe workplace conditions. (Photo by: Tawanda Kanhema)

New bills take aim at Chevron

Two bills introduced in the State Legislature Friday take aim at Chevron in direct response to the August refinery fire. Berkeley Democrats State Senator Loni Hancock and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner co-announced legislation Monday that would...
Audience holds up sign for Chevron.

City officials and experts hear public comment on Chevron refinery repair

While City Manager Bill Lindsay said Wednesday he’s still not ready to issue permits to allow Chevron to begin replacing the pipes that failed in the Aug. 6 fire, the city held a public meeting...
Chemical Safety Board investigators inspect the damages caused by the August 6 fire at the Chevron refinery located in Richmond. (Photo courtesy: U.S. Chemical Safety Board)

Chevron failed to check pipes despite internal policies

Chevron failed to check pipes despite internal policies. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has found that sections of pipe that were measured following the August 6 fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery had thinned in thickness...
From left, the BAAQMD's Jack Broadbent, EPA's Dan Meer, and U.S. Chemical Safety Board' s Dan Tillema answered questions from skeptical residents during a briefing on the investigations into Chevron's Aug. 6 refinery fire. (Photo by: Rachel Waldholz)

Residents skeptical of refinery investigations

There are five separate investigations into the Aug. 6 Chevron refinery fire, but if Monday’s meeting was any indication, many Richmond residents doubt even that will be enough.