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Report says sugar company ignored dangers

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Posted: Sep 24, 2009 11:38 AM by Kelly Spell
Updated: Sep 24, 2009 11:38 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Imperial Sugar, explosion, Georgia, plant, Gramercy

A federal agency says Imperial Sugar and managers at its Georgia refinery ignored known dangers of explosive dust for decades before an explosion killed 14 workers in 2008.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board released results of its investigation Thursday. It says the company likely could have prevented the deaths with routine housekeeping at the plant near Savannah.

The agency says internal memos at the refinery contained warnings about dust written in the 1960s.

Imperial also operates a sugar mill in Gramercy, Louisiana. Nearly 100 safety violations were discovered there in 2008.

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