5/20/2011

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board criticized the city of Houston for not implementing the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' industry standards to regulate pressurized chemical containers, which allegedly caused an explosion at Marcus Oil and Chemical in 2004. The Construction Industry Council discouraged city officials from adapting ASME's standards for fear the rules would unjustly affect home propane tank users and building industries, said Houston Chief Development Officer Andy Icken.

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