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Imperial Sugar statement on CSB report

Imperial Sugar issued the following statement regarding the Chemical Safety Board's investigation:

Port Wentworth, GA - On September 24, 2009, the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued its final draft Investigation Report regarding Imperial Sugar Company's February 7, 2008 accident at its Port Wentworth sugar refinery.

"Imperial Sugar and the CSB have collaborated throughout their investigation," said CEO and President John Sheptor.  "We appreciate their professionalism and we value their contributions to our combustible dust and safety program.  We have worked very hard to make our facilities the safest possible, and will continue to share what we have learned and will learn with the CSB and industry."

Included in the CSB's final report are five recommendations to Imperial. "The CSB recommendations are excellent guidance for the control and management of combustible dust.  Imperial accepts the CSB recommendations and is working diligently to implement them as part of our safety improvement initiatives.  We have listened to the CSB and other experts during the past twenty months and used their guidance in the reduction of risk in all of our operating sites.  We hope that all companies that share the risk of combustible dust also will heed the insights of this report," said Sheptor. 

Sheptor added, "We continue to be grateful for the support the Company and its employees have received from the Savannah-area communities throughout our rebuilding process.  We also look forward to future collaborations with the CSB and others to advance safety, both at Imperial Sugar and within our industry."

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