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Public Meeting on Combustible Dust Explosion

Article-Public Meeting on Combustible Dust Explosion

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) will convene a public meeting on January 15, 2015, starting at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Meadowlands Hotel, Two Meadowlands Plaza, Diamond Court Ballrooms A&B, East Rutherford, NJ.

At the public meeting, the Board will hear from teams investigating the 2012 explosion and fire at the US Ink facility located in East Rutherford that injured seven workers. The board will also consider a report into the CSB's investigation of the 2010 anhydrous ammonia release at Millard Refrigerated Services, a warehouse and distribution center in Theodore, AL where more than 130 members of the public sought medical attention as a result of an uncontrolled ammonia release.

This public meeting is intended to provide the community affected by the US Ink explosion and other interested stakeholders, with an opportunity to consider and hear about the CSB staff's findings on this matter.

In addition, the Board will also consider the staff's presentation and lessons learned resulting from the Millard ammonia release, with information into how these incidents occurred and how similar future incidents can be prevented or mitigated.

Following the staff presentation the Board will hear comments from the public. All staff presentations are preliminary and are intended solely to allow the Board to consider in a public forum the issues and factors involved in these cases. No factual analyses, conclusions, or findings presented by staff should be considered final. At the conclusion of the staff presentation the board may vote on the final products.
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