The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will convene a public meeting on Jan. 13, 2016, in Torrance, CA, outside Los Angeles, at the Torrance City Hall Council Chamber from 5 to 10 p.m. PST to discuss the agency’s investigation of a February 2015 refinery explosion.
Two workers were injured when an explosion occurred in the refinery’s electrostatic precipitator, or ESP, a piece of equipment used at the refinery to control air pollution. A series of events led to the presence of hydrocarbons inside the ESP, where they were never expected, resulting in a blast that dispersed debris into the surrounding community. Since the February explosion, there have been several other incidents at the refinery, about which CSB investigators have collected data to assist their investigation.
The Board will hear a presentation from the investigative staff on their preliminary findings, areas of future investigation, and the scope of the final report into the accident. There will also be an update on the new process safety management reforms in California from a panel of experts.