Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | May 7, 2010

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says Washington state fines BP refinery for 13 serious safety violations.

Washington state’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has cited BP’s Cherry Point refinery for 13 serious safety violations discovered during an inspection. The citations carry a combined fine of $69,200.

BP Cherry Point, near Blaine, Wash., is the largest petroleum refinery in the state, processing 225,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The inspection focused on the hydrocracker process unit, the refinery’s largest process unit, which refines low-grade oil into gasoline.

Twelve of the violations involve regulations governing the management of highly hazardous chemicals, which are part of what is commonly referred to as the Process Safety Management Standard. One of the violations involves a failure to provide proper machine guarding.

The 12 process safety management problems included failure to routinely inspect or maintain safety control devices, such as pressure safety valves; inaccurate or outdated instrument diagrams; and failure to record whether identified safety hazards were corrected. One violation noted that there were 38 instances of safety recommendations for which there was no record they were ever implemented.

Just another brick in the wall for BP.


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