Chevron Failed To Maintain Equipment in California Refinery Fire: EPA

"SAN FRANCISCO -- Chevron Corp. failed to maintain equipment at a California refinery and has not responded adequately to multiple airborne chemical releases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday."

"The EPA filed a formal notice against Chevron finding 62 violations of federal environmental laws after an investigation spurred by the Aug. 6, 2012, fire.

Federal chemical safety investigators have determined the blaze was caused by the failure of a corroded, 1970s-era pipe that released a massive gas cloud and sent thousands of people to hospitals seeking medical attention.

The EPA called Chevron's risk management at the Richmond facility a 'pervasive failure' and warned it could pursue criminal charges or fines if the company fails to address the violations."

Jason Dearen reports for the Associated Press December 17, 2013.

Source: AP, 12/19/2013