A federal prosecutor says the Justice Department won't seek criminal charges against employees of Imperial Sugar. The decision comes five years after an explosion killed 14 workers at the company's refinery near Savannah. US Attorney Edward Tarver says a lengthy review found "insufficient evidence of intentional disregard" to safety regulations to prosecute anyone in the blast.
The Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah is getting new owners. European agribusiness corporation Louis Dreyfus Commodities is buying the plant that exploded in 2008, killing 14 workers. The $78 million deal includes all of Imperial's operations, including the refinery in Port Wentworth.
About 100 people gathered near the Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah to remember those who died at the plant on the same night four years ago. Fourteen people were killed because of a dust explosion at the facility on Feburary 7th, 2008. First responders, ministers and survivors gathered at a church near the blast site.
Imperial Sugar has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle multiple charges that the company violated Georgia's clean water standards. The state Environmental Protection Division says, the company sent sugary wastewater down drains leading to the river. The violations could have occurred as a result of idled or new equipment since the 2008 explosion that killed 14 people.
Cases are still outstanding three years after the deadly explosion and fire at the Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah. Fourteen people died and scores were wounded in one of the worst industrial disasters in state history. Federal officials later found, the company "willfully" violated safety rules by letting combustible dust build up.
Imperial Sugar officials want Chatham County taxpayers to give the company an almost $3 million tax break for rebuilding parts of the sugar refinery that exploded two years ago. Fourteen people died in the blast. The company is asking for breaks under a Georgia law that gives companies tax relief as an incentive to create new jobs and boost revenue.