In an ironic twist of events, California issued its new report, "Improving Public and Worker Safety at Oil Refineries," just one day after an accident at a northern California refinery operated by Tesoro Corp. in which two workers were injured.
The report was issued by the state's Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety, which was formed following a serious chemical release and fire at Chevron's oil refinery in Richmond, Calif., in August 2012.
Implementation of some of the report's recommendations already has begun. For example, refinery inspectors have been hired to ensure refineries comply with health and safety laws, and a new reporting system was established to improve oversight, according to California's Environmental Protection Agency.
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