Final report published by the Buncefield investigation board

A major report into the 2005 Buncefield explosion was published in December, largely wrapping up a three-year investigation into Europe’s largest peacetime fire.1

The report summarises the work of the major incident investigation board, which was convened in the weeks following the incident near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire. It restates the board’s previous conclusions and recommendations on the design of fuel storage sites, emergency preparedness and land use planning around major hazard sites.

One new element is an assessment of economic costs, which approach £1 billion. These were la

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