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U.S. Regulator Mulls Shutting Down Sinclair Refinery, Report Says
November 06, 2013

HOUSTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Wyoming may shut down privately held Sinclair Oil Corp's 74,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery in Sinclair, Wyoming, if another serious accident occurs there, a local media report said.

John Ysabaert, administrator for the Wyoming OSHA's office of standards and compliance, told Wyoming Public Media that the agency had discussed a possible shutdown of the refinery.

"Just trust me to say that the issue is out there and is on the table," Ysabaert said.

An explosion and fire had damaged the refinery's hydrodesulfurization unit in September, and in July, a brief fire had ignited in a crude unit.

Last week, Wyoming's OSHA said it would fine Sinclair $707,000 for workplace safety violations following the agency's May inspection of the refinery.

A company spokesman didn't respond to a request for comment. (Reporting by Kristen Hays; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

Source: Reuters

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