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CSB Chairman: Nine Years After Corbin (KY) Explosion, Still No Dust Regulations

By Rafael Moure-Eraso On Feb. 20, 2003, powerful dust explosions tore through the CTA Acoustics plant in Corbin, Kentucky, where fiberglass insulation was manufactured for the automotive industry. The loss of seven lives and scores of injuries made the accident one of the state's deadliest. U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigators found that the explosion was fueled by resin dust which accumulated in a production area and that was likely ignited by flames from a malfunctioning oven. The resin involved was a phenolic binder used in producing fiberglass mats. Investigators found that CTA had been aware that combustible dust in the plant could explode, but did not modify the design of...

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