US regulator proposes $126,600 penalty for ExxonMobil refinery

14 September 2011 20:09  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil said on Wednesday that it plans to meet with a US workplace regulator, who proposed $126,600 (€92,400) in penalties at the company's refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed the penalties after citing the refinery for 22 violations which it alleged exposed workers to possible fires and explosions, the regulator said.

OSHA proposed the penalties after a 14 March inspection at the refinery.

OSHA accused ExxonMobil of failing to investigate issues regarding process-safety management, equipment repair, follow-ups on pressure-vessel inspections and other items.

ExxonMobil said it will review the citations and meet with OSHA to discuss how the company's systems meet the performance standards of the regulations.

"Through this review process, we hope that OSHA will reconsider its findings and withdraw a number of the citations," according to a statement by Rachel Moore, ExxonMobil spokeswoman.

($1 = €0.73)

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By: Al Greenwood
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