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.
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.