Chemical companies to pay for safety and health violations
The agreement settles citations issued against Phillips' Houston Chemical Complex in Pasadena in September 2000, following an explosion six months earlier that killed one worker and injured 69 others.
Under the settlement agreement, Phillips Petroleum will pay a penalty of $2,169,500. Chevron Phillips has agreed to retain the services of both a process safety management training and operating procedures consultant. Each consultant will conduct comprehensive reviews of the training program and standard operating procedures at the K-Resin facility. The company has agreed to implement all feasible recommendations of the consultants by July 31, 2002.
The settlement "signals this administration's commitment to crack down on workplace safety violations," said Chao.