Commissioner Oxendine tightens rules on industrial dust

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Industries that produce flammable dust will have to follow new safety rules imposed by Georgia's top fire official in the wake of a deadly explosion and fire at a sugar refinery.

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine says the companies will have to draw up emergency plans, give employees evacuation training and make regular reports to the state under the
regulations issued Friday.

The new rules go into effect immediately and remain in effect for six months. Oxendine says his office will take steps to make the new rules permanent. They come in response to a Feb. 7 explosion and fire at the
Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth, Ga., where 12 workers were killed and dozens more injured.

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