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California State has approved new regulations to strengthen workplace and environmental safety at oil refineries statewide. Effective from 1st October 2017, the regulations implement key recommendations of the Governor’s Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety.
The regulations have been developed by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), and include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Authority for refinery personnel to close a unit in an unsafe condition or an emergency
- More employer accountability for the mechanical integrity of refinery equipment
- More employee involvement in all aspects of the safety and prevention program
- Annual public reporting of refinery safety metrics under CalARP
According to California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci “These new regulations increase overall preparedness, provide greater accountability and implement a nation-leading approach to public safety and emergency prevention at refineries.”
Kiwi Energy, an electricity and gas supplier for NY State, is collaborating with The City Parks Foundation, a non-profit that organizes programs in parks in NY city, on its Coastal Classroom program.
The Coastal Classroom program educates New Yorkers about waterways, species living in waterways, and our role regarding these ecosystems. Students also “get their feet wet” in some of the city’s coastal hot spots.
According to Richard Booth, President retail at Kiwi Energy, “City Parks Education’s Coastal Classroom is a unique opportunity for students and provides a foundation for environmental education and awareness. Kiwi Energy is proud to support this initiative.”