01/16/10 157 W - + 8 - 6 CSB Holds Public Meeting Feb. 4 in Raleigh on ConAgra Explosion

As today's New & Observer reports, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has announced that a public meeting is planned next month to present preliminary findings from its investigation of the ConAgra plant explosion on June 9, 2009. The meeting is Thursday, Feb. 4, at 6:00 p.m., in the ballroom of the Raleigh Shearton at 421 South Saunders Street. The event is free and open to the public. It'll also be videotaped, and an official transcript published.

The CSB investigators will present preliminary findings to Board members and the public. Testimony will be received from outside experts concerning safety issues raised by the accident, focusing on safe purging of natural gas piping. Following a public comment period, the Board is expected to consider draft staff recommendations for changes to the National Fuel Gas Code, which establishes gas purging practices followed across the country. Read the CSB press release for more information.

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