The US Chemical Safety Board has approved the final investigation report and video into the 2009 explosion and fire at the Caribbean Petroleum terminal facility.
A draft version of the report was released in June 2015 to allow for public comment and opinion. The final report incorporates their feedback.
The final document recommends that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopt new regulations for facilities such as Caribbean Petroleum to require that flammable storage tanks are equipped with automatic overfill protection systems, and to require regular testing and inspection as well as risk assessments.
The Board is also making similar recommendations to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), API and two key fire code organisations. The proposed regulatory changes would affect the EPA’s risk management programme, spill prevention, control and countermeasure rules and OSHA’s flammable and combustible liquids standard.
The incident on October 23, 2009 occurred when gasoline spurted from an overfilled storage tank at the terminal near San Juan, Puerto Rico. A 107-acre vapour cloud formed and ignited, causing an explosion that damaged 300 homes and businesses. The fire continued for almost two days, destroying 17 of the 48 storage tanks.