Marathon refinery

The Marathon Anacortes Refinery in May 2019.

The state Department of Labor & Industries has pushed back the date for releasing its proposed changes to safety rules at oil refineries. 

The department had planned to release the proposed rules this summer — followed by public hearings — and adopt the changes by year's end.

The revised date to release the proposed rules is mid-fall, according to a Wednesday email from Labor & Industries that was sent to stakeholders involved in drafting the new rules.

More time is needed to complete the proposal, the email states.

The rules would affect the state's five oil refineries, including the two at March Point, and are designed to prevent chemical releases, explosions and fires.

 

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