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Sen. Leno Calls for Audit on Refineries

Proposal comes in wake of the Aug. 6 explosion and fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

Sen. Mark Leno, who represents Marin County in the state Legislature, called for an audit of the safety inspection process at California's oil refineries and chemical plants Monday.

The lawmaker from San Francisco said he was concerned for worker safety and health in the Bay Area and other communities located in close proximity to oil refineries.

The audit proposal comes in the wake of the Aug. 6 explosion and fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

"The recent explosion at Chevron's Richmond refinery was a serious wake-up call, resulting in many unanswered questions about what is happening related to safety and oversight at processing plants statewide," Leno said in a statement.

Some of California's oil and chemical plants may not have been inspected in recent years,  and Leno said he hopes that an audit will help improve safety measures at those facilities.

Leno said the audit likely would address issues such as whether state regulators are adequately performing refinery inspections required by federal law. 

Leno's refinery audit is expected to go before the Joint Legislature Audit Committee when the Legislature reconvenes next year, according to Leno, who represents San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma counties.

— Bay City News Service             

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Earl Richards September 12, 2012 at 02:37 PM
To understand the sleaze-side of Chevron, see, www.truecostofchevron.com. Why should the public pay for Chevron's negligence by paying for higher gasoline prices? Chevron's insurance should pay for this incident, not the public. Chevron should pay for their own accidents and not the consumer. Chevron has lots of money, because in 2011, Chevron made $27 billions, paid no federal tax and received billions in tax breaks and subsidies.
LAXRATT DAD September 12, 2012 at 02:54 PM
GET USE TO IT! WHETHER IT'S MITT, BARACK, TOM, DICK OR HARRY. BIG OIL, BANKING AND INSURANCE RUN THE SHOW. OUR GOVERNMENT IS BROKEN AND A MERE PERVERTED VERSION OF WHAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS DRAFTED.

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