By BEN LEFEBVRE
Chevron was cited for fines worth almost $1 million stemming
from a major fire at its refinery in Richmond, Calif., the
state's division of Occupational Safety and Health said
The Richmond refinery fire in August lasted for
hours, sending plumes of black smoke over the San Francisco Bay
and causing an estimated 15,000 local residents to visit
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, but so
far has focused on a corroded pipe leading from the refinery's main crude oil distillation unit.
Cal/OSHA outlined 25 workplace violations, including 11
"willful serious" and 12 "serious" against Chevron and levied
fines worth $936,200, the highest allowed by state law.
"Our investigators found willful violations in Chevron's
response before, during and after the fire," said Cal/OSHA
Chief Ellen Widess.
Chevron will appeal the citations, company spokesman Sean
"Although we acknowledge that we failed to live up to our
own expectations in this incident, we do not agree with several
of the Cal/OSHA findings and its characterization of some of
the alleged violations as "willful,'" Mr. Comey said.
Dow Jones Newswires