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Sinclair Refinery Faces $201K Fine

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:25am
Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State safety regulators are proposing a $201,000 fine against Sinclair Oil Corp. for violations stemming from a fire last September at the company's refinery in south-central Wyoming.

No one was hurt in the fire, but the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday that it found seven violations as a result of its investigation into the fire. The agency says in two of the violations it determined the company either purposefully disregarded safety regulations or acted with indifference to employee safety.

The refinery has had problems with fires and safety issues in recent years. In 2012, there were three fires at the plant.

Last year, OSHA announced more than $700,000 in fines against Sinclair.

Sinclair issued a statement saying it's working with OSHA to improve safety at the refinery.

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