January, 2021

This is a repeating event

202121JanAll DayTosco Avon (Hydrocracker) Explosion 1997Tosco Avon Martinez (US-CA) Origin: EPA Industry:RefiningCountry:United StatesLanguage:ENLoC:OverpressureIncident:VCEHazard:FlammableImpact:HUMAN (On Site Fatalities)Consequence:1-10 FatalitiesMaterial:Hydrocarbons

Summary

On January 21, 1997, an explosion and fire occurred at the Hydrocracker Unit of the Tosco Refinery at Martinez, California, resulting in one death, 46 worker injuries and precautionary sheltering-in-place for the surrounding community. The accident involved the release and autoignition of a mixture of flammable hydrocarbons and hydrogen under high temperature and pressure. EPA undertook an investigation into the causes and underlying circumstances associated with this accident because of its serious consequences (fatality, injuries and offsite concern), the potential for greater impacts, and the opportunity to learn from this accident how similar accidents could be prevented


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Origin

EPAUS Environmental Protection Agency

Time

Thu 21 Jan 2021 - Thu 21 Jan 2021

Location

Golden Eagle Refinery

Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery, 150 Solano Way, Pacheco, CA 94553, United States

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