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Blast Did Not Contain Asbestos

There was an explosion at the Exxon Mobil Corp XOM.N refinery in Torrance, California, during the third week of February and last year the same plant was cited for eight serious violations following state inspections, including violations of asbestos regulations.

However, a review cleared the plant this month of all but two serious violations and 12 general violations and Exxon Mobil says it had now resolved them all.

The blast and subsequent blaze that happened at the gasoline processing unit at the refinery on 18 February injured four workers slightly and prompted schools in the area to keep students and staff indoors as a precaution.

However, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), dust released during an explosion at the refinery showed no serious levels of dangerous materials. Tests were carried out on material that fell on cars and the ground after the blast and the samples contained fiberglass, aluminum, silicon and lower levels of other metals; however, there was no arsenic and no asbestos either.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an asbestos related disease, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer, contact the Law Office of Brayton Purcell, LLP  at (800) 598-0314 immediately, or contact us online for a free consultation. You may be entitled to an asbestos payout as part of an individual or class action lawsuit.