Chemical Safety Board to Testify Before Congress

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The US Chemical Safety Board, which is involved in the investigation in the February 7 refinery explosion and fire in Port Wentworth, will send a member to testify before members of Congress Wednesday.

Member William E. Wright will testify before the US House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee on H.R. 5522, The Combustible Dust Explosion and Fire Prevention Act of 2008. He will also provide an update on the CSB's investigation of the Port Wentworth explosion.

According to a release issued by the CSB:

In 2004 the CSB initiated the Combustible Dust Hazard Study, which identified 281 combustible dust incidents between 1980 and 2005 that killed 119 workers and injured 718. The study examines 7 catastrophic dust explosions:

The Port Wentworth blast resulted in dozens of injuries and 12 deaths. Eight patients remain in critical condition and three in serious at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta.