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2 years after Torrance refinery blast, new report places blame on ExxonMobil




The ExxonMobil refinery is seen after an explosion in a gasoline processing unit at the facility, in Torrance, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
The ExxonMobil refinery is seen after an explosion in a gasoline processing unit at the facility, in Torrance, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
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A huge explosion at the Torrance Refinery two years ago could have been prevented if then-owner Exxon Mobil had paid more attention to safety, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

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We reached out to Exxon Mobil and they declined the interview.

Guests:

Sharon McNary, infrastructure reporter for KPCC; she tweets @KPCCsharon

Betsy Brien, western region external relations manager at for PBF Energy and the Torrance Refinery

Sally Hayati, founding member and president of the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance, an organization working to ban the use of modified hydrofluoric acid in the South Bay