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Probe of BP Plant Blast Cites Oversight

By RASHA MADKOUR (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
March 21, 2007 4:03 AM EDT

TEXAS CITY, Texas - Overly lax federal oversight and cost-cutting by BP were factors in a 2005 explosion at the oil giant's Texas City refinery that killed 15 people and injured 170, the worst U.S. industrial accident since 1990, a government report found.

Though companies have plenty of safeguards for individual workers' safety, there is a potentially deadly lack of sound procedures to measure process safety, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, which released the report Tuesday.

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