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EPA Urged to Reopen Refinery Safety Study After Explosions (1)

April 24, 2019, 6:48 PMUpdated: April 24, 2019, 10:38 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency should revisit a decades-old study to determine if it understates the risks of an oil refining chemical to workers and communities, a federal safety agency said.

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board said its investigations of refinery explosions at Exxon Mobil Corp. in Torrance, Calif., in 2015 and Husky Energy Inc. in Superior, Wis., in 2018 flagged significant questions about the chemical hydrogen fluoride, commonly known as hydrofluoric acid. Refineries use the chemical to produce gasoline, but an accidental release could result in a toxic vapor cloud that can cause burns, serious injury, or...

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