Feds: Pipe wall in refinery fire was thin as penny
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A corroded pipe that failed and triggered a leak and massive fire at one of California's largest refineries had walls as thin as a penny in some areas, federal investigators said.
U.S. Chemical Safety Board officials said late Tuesday that a key part of their probe into the fire at the plant in Richmond is why Chevron Corp. didn't replace the pipe during a routine inspection a year ago.
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