Investigation Launched after Blast at WA LNG Facility

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State and Federal regulators are investigating what caused an explosion at a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant on the Washington-Oregon border.  They have begun interviewing injured workers.

A team of firefighters and plant employees went inside the facility yesterday and found no lingering fire.

This check came after an explosion on March 31 that injured five employees and ruptured a huge LNG storage tank.

The 400 residents from the town of Plymouth, WA were evacuated within a 4 kilometer radius of the plant.  They were recently allowed back home.

The outer wall of the tank was punctured and some gas continued to leak, but it was dissipated by the wind.

David Lykken, pipeline safety director for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commissionrevealed that this plant has had operational and procedural violations come up during annual inspections, but they had been resolved.