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    OSHA proposes $126,000 fine for Ark. refinery

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    SMACKOVER, Ark. (AP) - Officials from the U.S. Labor Department have cited a Smackover refinery, alleging five safety violations involving the production of napthenic crude oil.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $126,900 in fines for the Martin Operating Partnership refinery in southern Arkansas.

    The most-serious charge lodged Thursday alleges the company didn't ensure relief valves were properly sized. Other allegations also involve relief systems.

    The refinery is owned by Martin Midstream Partners of Kilgore, Texas. Company vice president of finance and investor relations Joe McCreery said Thursday it is likely that the company will challenge the findings. It has 15 days to do so.

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