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NEVADA REDUCES PEPCON’S FINE

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Nevada officials have agreed to reduce the fines imposed on PEPCON as a result of the May 4, 1988, explosion that killed two people and injured more than 300.

PEPCON has since moved to Cedar City, Utah, and has been renamed Western Electrochemical Co.The Nevada Division of Occupational Safety and Health cited PEPCON for 30 violations in July 1988 and suggested fines of $36,000.

In an agreement worked out with the company, the state is now seeking $12,820 in fines.

The state amended its complaint Wednesday before the state Occupational Safety and Health Review Board.

In the amended complaint, the division repeated various allegations of violations of federal safety standards, but downgraded some of the violations from "willful" to "serious."

Company Vice President Keith Rooker said Wednesday the company will probably agree not to challenge further the state's findings, but will specify that any agreement is not an admission to the charges.

"The plant was not an unsafe plant," Rooker said.