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California refinery can restart shuttered unit

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) -- State officials say a Northern California refinery can restart a unit that was shut down after a chemical release that seriously injured two workers.

Cal-OSHA officials said Friday that Tesoro Corp. had reviewed worker safety measures and training meant to prevent a repeat of the Feb. 12 incident at the Golden Eagle Refinery in Martinez. Two employees suffered first- and second-degree sulfuric acid burns.

The state agency told Tesoro to close the unit where octane is added to gasoline six days after the incident.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1pL9UCz) the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board also said Friday the company had agreed to let inspectors into the refinery again.

The board's managing director Daniel Horowitz says it's unfortunate that the unit will be online before inspectors can see it.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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