Okla. refinery to contest $281K OSHA fine

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WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (AP) - Officials say the owner of a southern Oklahoma refinery will contest a $281,000 fine levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after two workers were killed in an explosion.

The Oklahoman reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission will now handle the appeal from CVR Energy Inc., which owns the Wynnewood ((WIN'-ee-wud) )Refining Co.

Workers Billy Smith and Russell Mann were killed when a large boiler exploded Sept. 28 at the refinery.

An OSHA report listed nearly two dozen citations for the refinery, including ones that involved the engineering and hazardous use of the boiler. The company had been cited for similar violations in 2008.

CVR Energy Inc. did not respond to a request for comment.