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August 9, 2017

California oil refinery safety regulations approved

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Sacramento, CA – The California Department of Industrial Relations and the California Environmental Protection Agency have approved final regulations intended to improve hazard prevention and management at the state’s 15 oil refineries.

The rules come after a 2012 incident at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, CA, where a sizable fire and release of chemicals reportedly caused 15,000 people to seek medical attention. They amend California OSHA refinery worker safety regulations and the California Accidental Release Prevention program to require that refinery employers:

“These new regulations increase overall preparedness, provide greater accountability, and implement a nation-leading approach to public safety and emergency prevention at refineries,” Mark Ghilarducci, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services director, said in an Aug. 4 press release.

According to the release, many California refineries have followed various practices identified above and experienced “significant improvement in safety performance as a result.” Still, major incidents persist, the release states.

The new regulations are set to go into effect Oct. 1.

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