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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1989
The Torrance City Council has unanimously refused to accept a consultant's study that blames lax management for safety problems at the troubled Mobil Oil refinery. Officials said errors in the report need to be corrected and more information provided before it is presented to the city. "The report was flawed by discrepancies that need to be ironed out," Mayor Katy Geissert said. The $88,000 study, prepared by Gage-Babcock & Associates and Mittelhauser Corp.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1989
The Torrance City Council has unanimously refused to accept a consultant's study that blames lax management for safety problems at the troubled Mobil Oil refinery. Officials said errors in the report need to be corrected and more information provided before it is presented to the city. "The report was flawed by discrepancies that need to be ironed out," Mayor Katy Geissert said. The $88,000 study, prepared by Gage-Babcock & Associates and Mittelhauser Corp.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Mobil Oil officials on Wednesday criticized a consultant's safety study that blamed lax management for accidents at the oil company's Torrance refinery, calling it a sloppy job that contains major errors. The author of the report, which was released Saturday, conceded that there might be discrepancies in the study but defended it as an honest job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Mobil Oil officials on Wednesday criticized a consultant's safety study that blamed lax management for accidents at the oil company's Torrance refinery, calling it a sloppy job that contains major errors. The author of the report, which was released Saturday, conceded that there might be discrepancies in the study but defended it as an honest job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN and HUGO MARTIN, Times Staff Writers
A consultant's safety report on Mobil Oil Co.'s troubled Torrance refinery blames carelessness, failure to follow safety guidelines and lax management for what the report terms an unacceptably high number of deaths, explosions, fires and other accidents at the plant in the last 10 years. The $88,000 report by Gage-Babcock & Associates and Mittelhauser Corp.
BUSINESS
May 8, 1990
Mittelhauser Corp. in Laguna Hills won a $400,000 contract from the Army to provide architectural-engineering services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1988
The Torrance City Council has voted unanimously for a wide-ranging study of safety at the Mobil oil refinery. The study, which could cost $88,000, will examine employee training, safety procedures and equipment at the refinery, where a thunderous explosion in November caused a fire that burned for two days. The study, which will be conducted by Gage-Babcock & Associates and the Mittelhauser Corp., is expected to take about 10 weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1989 | HUGO MARTIN, Times Staff Writer
Gage-Babcock & Associates and Mittelhauser Corp., the consultants who wrote a harshly critical safety report on the troubled Mobil Oil refinery in Torrance, are experienced in assessing accident-plagued refineries. In 1980, Ventura County hired the two consulting firms to evaluate the USA Petrochem refinery, which--much like the Torrance refinery--had experienced a series of fires and explosions in the mid- and late 1970s. One worker was killed and several were injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1989 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, Times Staff Writer
The Torrance City Council unanimously refused Tuesday to accept an outside consultant's study that blamed lax management for safety problems at the troubled Mobil Oil refinery. After an extended discussion, the council decided not to accept the $88,000 study by Gage-Babcock & Associates and Mittelhauser Corp. until errors in the report are corrected and additional information is provided.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
A Mobil Oil official on Wednesday blasted a safety study that blamed lax management for accidents at the oil company's troubled Torrance refinery, calling the report a "sloppy job" that contains major errors. The author of the study, which was released Saturday, conceded there might be "discrepancies" in the report but defended it as "an honest job."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN and HUGO MARTIN, Times Staff Writers
A consultant's safety report on Mobil Oil Co.'s troubled Torrance refinery blames carelessness, failure to follow safety guidelines and lax management for what the report terms an unacceptably high number of deaths, explosions, fires and other accidents at the plant in the last 10 years. The $88,000 report by Gage-Babcock & Associates and Mittelhauser Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1988 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, Times Staff Writer
The state Regional Water Quality Control Board has ordered Mobil Oil Corp. to make progress by next March in cleaning up gasoline that has polluted ground water near its Torrance refinery or face fines of up to $5,000 a day. Concerned about a threat to drinking water, the board gave Mobil until May 1 to present a comprehensive plan for cleaning up an underground plume of gasoline that has spread 1,200 feet beyond the refinery grounds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1989 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Safety officials say the most troubling issue at Mobil's Torrance refinery is the use of hydrofluoric acid. It's a chemical so toxic that the federal government labels it "acutely hazardous." It is so dangerous that exposure to concentrations as low as 50 parts per million for 30 minutes can be fatal. A safety study on the refinery by Gage-Babcock & Associates and the Mittelhauser Corp.
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