July 12, 2012 / 3:24 PM / in 6 years

BP settles with U.S. over safety complaints at Texas refinery

HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc (BP.L)(BP.N) agreed to pay $13.027 million to settle 409 safety violations found by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration at its Texas City, Texas, refinery in follow-up inspections after a deadly 2005 explosion at the refinery that killed 15 workers, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said on Thursday.

    The settlement clears a major hurdle in the path of BP’s plan to sell the 400,780-barrel-per-day refinery, which is the sixth largest in the United States, by the end of the year.

    Reporting by Erwin Seba; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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