Kansas oil refinery to pay $1.6 million for clean air errors

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) – An oil refinery in El Dorado where an employee died in 2017 will pay a $1.6 million fine for violating the federal clean air law.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that HollyFrontier’s failure to follow the law contributed to a fire that killed the employee.

The EPA says the company did not comply with requirements intended to prevent the accidental release of hazardous substances.

The federal agency says a heater tube ruptured at refinery, causing the fire.

The agency says a subsequent investigation found HollyFrontier did not design or maintain a safe facility or inspect and replace heater tubes.

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