In the first, a 1997 hydrocracker explosion killed one worker. Cnn 1 dead in explosion, fire at california refinery. It is located in the san francisco bay area in an unincorporated area known as avon, east of martinez, california. Tosco refinery is located at 80 san pablo ave in rodeo and has been in the business of nonclassifiable establishments since 2005. Haunting memories victims family frustrated one year. The chemical safety and hazard investigation board csb recently released its final report on the fire saying that it could have been prevented by better management supervision of safety.
Sacramento after a worker was killed in january 1997 at the tosco avon oil refinery, attorneys for the plant successfully pleaded with state officials to have its calosha fine cut in half. Epa chemical accident investigation report tosco avon. The blast injured more than 40 other workers and sent political and. On february 23, 1999, a fire occurred in the crude unit at tosco corporation. The unit breaks down diesel fuel for use as gasoline. In the 3 years prior to the incident, neither tosco s corporate safety group nor avon facility management conducted documented audits of the refinery s line. Avon investigation report released on tosco avon refinery release date. A tosco hydrocracker operator checking a field temperature panel at the base of. The cmp will not result in emission increases from the hydrocracker unit because it. Fred fong san francisco bay area professional profile. The most catastrophic accidents at contra costa countys refineries and. Refinery fire incident 4 dead, 1 critically injured, tosco avon. Workers were attempting to replace piping attached to a 150foottall fractionator tower while the process unit was in operation.
Executive summary of the tosco accident investigation at approximately 7. The marathon martinez refinery refines oil into gasoline and other petroleum based products. On february 23, 1999, a fire occurred at the tosco avon refinery in martinez. The refinery was first built in 19 under the name avon refinery, and has been continually expanded since.
If all hell broke loose contra costa industry gives worstcase. Epa chemical accident investigation report, tosco avon. Michael glanzman, 41, was killed by an explosion that ripped through the hydrocracker at toscos avon refinery near martinez. Epa chemical accident investigation report, tosco avon refinery, martinez, california open pdf 2 mb. Led united way campaign for two years at the avon refinery tosco corp. Golden eagle refinery, aka avon refinery 150 solano way and 1750 marina vista. The refinery is located on 2,200 acres, has approximately 650 fulltime employees, and has a crude oil capacity of 166,000 barrels per day.
Epa chemical accident investigation report tosco avon refinery. The avon refinery represents about 15% of toscos refining capacity. Tosco avon refinery hydrocracker unit figure 12 back side of reactor 3. This document is a report from the environmental protection agency, chemical emergency preparedness and prevention office about an explosion and fire at the tosco avon refinery in martinez, california. Tosco the oil shale corporation was an independent us based petroleum refining and marketing corporation based in stamford, connecticut. View fred fongs profile on linkedin, the worlds largest professional community. Haunting memories victims family frustrated one year after fatal. During removal of the piping, naphtha was released onto the hot fractionator and ignited.1058 405 474 788 1020 1614 1115 1426 261 567 1293 422 812 743 141 1350 578 593 595 749 356 119 1038 901 669 1421 635 1524 851 12 1148 996 225 1126 97 215 1614 669 368 1199 861 1045 115 208 268 815 13