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BP Fined $100K for Washington Pipeline Gasoline Spills

The Washington Department of Ecology is penalizing British Petroleum $100,000 for two Olympic Pipeline gasoline spills in a Seattle suburb. BP did some construction on the Olympic pipeline in Woodinville on Feb. 21, 2020, and after completing a phase of …

Colorado Dairy Fined over Worker’s Death in Manure Pit

A dairy in northern Colorado has been fined nearly $25,000 after the death of a worker whose truck slipped into a pit filled with liquid manure. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Shelton Land and Cattle LTD, which does …

Washington Commissioner Fines Aetna for Discriminating Against Transgender Women

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler this month fined Aetna Life Insurance Co. $25,000 for discriminating against policyholders who sought gender-affirming medical treatment. In June 2019, a Washington consumer filed a complaint with Kreidler’s office that Aetna, a health insurer, denied …

Pennsylvania Gas Driller to Pay $1.9M for Damage to Wetlands, Waterways

One of the most active natural gas exploration firms in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $1.9 million after it disclosed in 2014 that its construction work had damaged waterways and wetlands, without proper permits, according to paperwork filed in federal …

Colorado Refinery to Pay $9M for Air Violations

The Canada-based owner-operator of a Denver, Colo.-area oil refinery will pay $9 million to settle air quality violations dating to 2017, state officials announced Friday. The settlement with Calgary-based Suncor Energy is the biggest leveled by the Colorado Department of …

OSHA Fines Companies After 2 Killed at Oregon Festival

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined two companies for safety violations that led to the deaths of two workers at a Portland, Ore., area music festival. OSHA issued $31,000 in fines to Pickathon LLC and GuildWorks LLC …

California Refinery Hit With $125K in Safety Violations

Federal officials have fined a Southern California refinery $125,000 for chemical safety and risk-management violations, according to a newspaper report. The violations stem from a 2016 investigation into Torrance Refinery, which found equipment designed to help contain an accidental release …

Washington Dairy Bottling Plant Hit with $1.8M Fine for Safety Violations

A Battle Ground, Wash., dairy bottling and distribution operation has been hit with a large fine for multiple violations after a worker’s hand was crushed in the bottling plant. The Department of Labor & Industries has fined Green Willow Trucking, …

California Vineyard Hit with $3.7M Fine for Bulldozing Wetland

California regulators say a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and winemaker has agreed to pay $3.76 million in penalties after his company bulldozed a protected wetland and filled in a stream bed to build a vineyard in Mendocino County. The Santa …

Washington Commissioner Deems Zenefits’ Free Software Offer Illegal

This story has been updated with comment from Zenefits. Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler ordered Zenefits to cease free distribution of its employee benefits software, saying the tactic violates state insurance law against inducements. Washington is the first state to …