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Richmond Refinery Fire

Smoke rises from the scene of a fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, August 6, 2012. (James P.)

Contra Costa Officials Admit Flaws With Community Warning System

Contra Costa officials conceded on Tuesday that the phone ring-down system for their community warning system may never work perfectly in large emergency events.

08/21/2012

Inspectors with the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board on the scene of the August 6, 2012 fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. (CBS)

State Investigator Criticizes Feds On Facebook Over Richmond Refinery Fire

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said that despite some criticism, they are cooperating with state officials on investigating the fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

08/21/2012

Smoke rises from the Richmond Chevron refinery fire (CBS)

Bay Area Air Monitors Not Equipped To Measure Pollutants From Refinery Fires

The monitors are not designed to test for many of the pollutants that surface following refinery fires like the recent one at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

08/20/2012

Smoke rises from the Richmond Chevron refinery fire (CBS)

Lawsuit Says Chevron Was ‘Grossly Negligent’ Leading Up To Refinery Fire

Three Bay Area attorneys filed a lawsuit against Chevron on Wednesday, claiming the oil company was “grossly negligent” in its handling of maintenance leading up to the massive Aug. 6 fire.

08/15/2012

Inspectors with the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board on the scene of the August 6, 2012 fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. (CBS)

Chevron Refinery Fire Probe Looks At Spark Sources

Investigators probing the cause of a blaze at Chevron’s Richmond refinery are looking at heaters and responding emergency vehicles as possible ignition sources for the massive vapor cloud that spewed from a leaky pipe.

08/15/2012

Smoke from the Chevron Richmond refinery fire as seen from Martinez. (CBS)

CoCo Supervisors Demand Better Emergency Communication After Refinery Fire

Contra Costa County supervisors on Tuesday demanded that better emergency communication lines with county officials be made in the wake of the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond.

08/15/2012

Smoke rises from the Richmond Chevron refinery fire (CBS)

Video Shows Vapor Cloud Before Chevron Refinery Fire

Officials said Tuesday they have internal surveillance video that shows a towering vapor cloud before a fire broke out at a Chevron Corp. refinery in Richmond last week.

08/14/2012

Smoke rises from the Richmond Chevron refinery fire (CBS)

More Than 9,000 Sought Treatment After Richmond Chevron Refinery Fire

More than 9,000 people sought treatment at local hospitals for health problems stemming from the massive fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond last week, according to a county health official.

08/14/2012

Smoke rises from the scene of a fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, August 6, 2012. (James P.)

Chevron Fire Could Lead To Changes In Contra Costa’s Industrial Safety Ordinance

The Industrial Safety Ordinance in Contra Costa County, which has been touted as the strongest in the country, may be in for some changes following the recent Chevron refinery fire in Richmond.

08/14/2012

Smoke rises from the Richmond Chevron refinery fire (CBS)

Chevron Considered Replacing Pipe Blamed For Refinery Fire

Chevron Corp. reportedly considered replacing a corroded Richmond refinery pipe nearly a year ago but decided it was good for another five years of service.

08/14/2012

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