The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a Geismar biodiesel plant $70,000 and has cited a biofuels company over a September hydrogen gas explosion. OSHA also cited Renewable Energy Group (REG), an Iowa-based biofuels producer, with three willful safety violations over the company’s alleged failure to ensure that a flammable chemical was no longer in a plant pipeline that was under repair. An OSHA field operations manual states that a willful violation means a company demonstrated disregard or indifference to employee safety. A REG spokesman says the company disagrees with OSHA’s findings and the classification of the citation. The company will contest the citation. The explosion, which occurred on September 3, injured four workers.
Source: Associated Press
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