Thousands file claims after Chevron refinery fire

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Associated Press

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 6:00 AM

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Chevron says it has already received thousands of claims from California residents following a refinery fire that fouled the region's air for hours and sent more than 4,000 people to seek medical care for breathing problems and irritated eyes.

Hundreds of residents showed up at a makeshift claim center in Richmond yesterday and many more submitted claims throughout the week by calling a special hotline Chevron established after Monday's explosion and fire. The company said a total of about 3,800 people had submitted claims through yesterday afternoon.

Most of the claims appear to be asking for modest amounts, reflecting the fact that there have been no reports of serious injury and nearly all seeking medical care were treated and released.

One resident says "it's about holding Chevron accountable."

Richmond lawyer Nick Haney says he expects to represent about 3,000 residents with legal claims.

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