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Investigators schedule news conference on the PES refinery fire probe

PES Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery explosion and fire, June 2019.

Philadelphia, PA - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board will conduct a news conference on Oct. 16 to update the public on the investigation into the June 21 explosion and fire at the PES refinery.

"The CSB will release a factual update as well as a new animation of the June 2019 fire and explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in Philadelphia, PA," a media advisory issued by CSB states.

The conference, which begins at 10 a.m. EDT, will be held at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott, One Arrivals Road, Terminal B in Meeting Room 5. Parking is available in Garage C, Level 2.

CSB interim executive Dr. Krsiten Kulinowski and supervisory investigator Lauren Grim will conduct the conference.

Firefighters brought the bulk of the refinery fire under control within 12 hours of the first explosion, However, due to large amounts of the toxic chemical hydrofluoric acid on site, the refinery was treated as an ongoing emergency until late September. 

PES subsequently closed the refinery and filed for bankruptcy. The company has also laid off the majority of the refinery work force.

A number of federal agencies are investigating June’s explosion and fire, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Chemical Safety Board, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is also investigating.  

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