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BP Refinery Faces Safety Fines

December 4, 2006, 3:01 pm

Oil giant BP PLC could face more than $384,000 in fines over workplace safety violations at its refinery along Lake Michigan even as the company says it is making "solid progress" to correct those problems.

Scott Dean, a BP spokesman in Warrenville, Ill., said BP has so far fixed more than half of the 14 violations and is working to address the remaining ones at its Whiting refinery.

Inspectors with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited BP Nov. 15 for eight "serious" violations, including failing to test equipment such as fire hydrants at the Whiting refinery based on inspections this year.

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