24 September 2009 19:52 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--BP has requested more time to meet promised safety improvements at its refinery in Texas City, Texas, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said on Thursday.
OSHA is still considering the request, said agency spokeswoman Elizabeth Todd
In a 3 August letter, the OSHA listed Wednesday as the deadline for those improvements.
The improvements were part of a $21.4m (€14.6m) settlement reached when the OSHA found safety rule violations at the refinery after a fatal March 2005 explosion, which killed 15 people.
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“As we said yesterday, we continue to work with OSHA through the appropriate processes to resolve any expressed concerns,” BP spokesman Scott Dean said. “The petition sent to OSHA this week is part of that process.”
BP reiterated that it believed it was in full compliance with company commitments.
The OSHA did not comment on what could happen if BP remained - in its view - out of compliance with the settlement.
An attorney who represented workers and families impacted by the explosion said OSHA enforcement options include extending the agreement until improvements are made, levying further fines or even temporarily closing the refinery, according to news reports.
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