U.S. to announce settlement with BP over Texas City refinery

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Posted: Jul 11, 2012 5:58 PM
U.S. to announce settlement with BP over Texas City refinery

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis plans to announce a settlement on Thursday with BP Plc's U.S. refining subsidiary over remaining safety violations found at the company's Texas City, Texas, refinery in 2009, according to a statement issued Wednesday.

A BP spokesman declined comment.

In 2009, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration hit BP with $87.4 million in fines for alleged safety violations at the giant Texas City refinery. BP agreed to pay a settlement of $50 million in 2010 for violations related to the deadly 2005 explosion at the refinery and said it would continue talks with OSHA over the remainder.

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(Reporting by Erwin Seba)