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UPDATE: Government releases more information about air quality violations

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - New details about air quality violations have been provided in light of a recent citation at a Chippewa Falls sand plant.

A few months ago, EOG was cited over air quality inside its Chippewa Falls sand plant.  Federal inspectors said the plant electrician was exposed to a level of silica dust that exceeded what's considered to be safe in the workplace.  It carried a $100 fine.

On Tuesday, the Mine, Safety and Health Administration provided more information about these kinds of violations.  So far this year, MSHA has issued 94 violations nationwide for failing to comply with exposure limits on airborne contaminants. (233 were issued last year, 274 in 2010)  There are more than 12,000 metal and non-metal mining operations nationwide.

 

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - A sand plant makes changes to enhance worker safety after a federal government citation.

A few months ago, EOG was cited over air quality inside its Chippewa Falls sand plant.  The Mine, Safety and Health Administration says the plant electrician was exposed to a level of silica dust that exceeded what's considered to be safe in the workplace.  The citation carried a $100 fine.

In the citation, the inspector does not classify the violation as significant and says an illness is unlikely.  However, the inspector also says if there was an illness, it's reasonable to expect it to be permanently disabling.  WQOW News 18 contacted MSHA for clarification on that, but has not heard back.

An EOG company spokesperson released the following statement, "EOG is working with an expert industrial hygiene consultant to resolve the issue that resulted in a citation from MSHA.  As a result, plant procedures have been adjusted to provide additional employee protection inside the plant buildings."

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