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California Refineries Face Tougher Safety Rules, Balk at Costs

May 18, 2017, 10:33 PM

New safety standards require California oil refineries to anticipate and prevent major accidents, but industry groups are voicing concerns about the rules.

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health approved a new workplace safety and health regulation May 18, designed to better protect workers and nearby communities from chemical releases, fires and other incidents.

The Western States Petroleum Association “always supports improving refinery process safety,” but it has concerns with the regulation,” the organization’s president, Catherine Reheis-Boyd, told Bloomberg BNA in an email statement.

“We’re concerned with the implementation deadline and how these new and over-reaching requirements unduly burden a ...