In local news:

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) determined that an insufficient safety culture that allowed maintenance to be done without proper instructions and training contributed to a fire that seriously burned four workers at ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge, LA, refinery in 2016. Last November 22nd, an isobutane release and fire seriously injured the workers in the sulfuric acid alkylation unit at the refinery. The CSB’s final report also said that updating the older valve to one with a safer design (as had been done with 97 percent of the valves in the unit) would have prevented the fire.

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