REFINERY ACCIDENTS UP: Contra Costa County saw an uptick in refinery accidents and chemical releases last year but the overall trend since the county adopted an industrial safety ordinance in 1999 is favorable, according to an annual performance review released Tuesday.
The massive Chevron fire in August was the most serious of the four incidents, followed by a sulfur release in June at the Phillips 66 plant when pressure burst a seam inside a tank.
Shell Oil in Martinez in August logged two accidents including a fire in its hydrocracker, and flaring.
No deaths or severe injuries were reported in any of the accidents.
Despite the overall trend, however, the increase has triggered a county review of its industrial safety ordinance and possible changes.
"There's always room for improvement, even in a good law," said Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg.
Read the full report at http://cchealth.org/hazmat/pdf/iso/iso-report.pdf.
-- Lisa Vorderbrueggen