The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes nearly $720,000 for alleged safety violations.
The EPA said last week it filed a complaint seeking penalties for violations found during two facility inspections in 2011.
KUOW-FM reports (http://goo.gl/FzeskZ ) the violations didn’t result in any injuries but the EPA says prevention is critical at oil and gas refineries.
A Tesoro official says the company has cooperated with the agency but believes “the EPA’s claims are wrong on the facts and the law.”
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In 2010, an explosion at the refinery killed seven workers. Tesoro is appealing $2.4 million in fines related to that case.
The refinery supplies gasoline, jet fuel and diesel to markets in Washington and Oregon. About 350 people work on site.
Information from: KUOW-FM, http://www.kuow.org/