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Speedway International says it had passed safety inspections prior to explosions

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Speedway International said it had passed all safety inspections prior to Monday’s explosions in St. Boniface.

In a statement released late this afternoon, Speedway said it had operated without incident since 1998 and it has complied with all safety standards and codes, including ones set by Natural Resources Canada and Environment Canada.

Speedway also said it has all the required permits and licences and is permitted to import and export fuel.

"Speedway International is committed to providing safe working conditions for our employees," the release said.

The release said Speedway stores biodiesel, which is produced from canola oil and does not store petroleum products in its buildings or storage tanks. No rail cars containing biodiesel or methanol were affected by the fire, Speedway said.

Speedway said Monday’s fire was a "terrible incident," and that its employees are going through "a devastating time" as it begins rebuilding its business.

The release also said Speedway was thankful there were no injuries and it extended its "heartfelt thanks for the heroic work put in by the city’s emergency service workers."

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