LOLITA, TEXAS - AmTopp Corp. and federal regulators have come to a tentative agreement to reduce the fines and downgrade safety violations that had been proposed on May 15.
Robert Coen, manager of the Lolita operation, said that after a meeting with the company, Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials agreed to substantially reduce the proposed $140,000 fine and to reduce violations that had been termed ``willfull'' and ``repeat.'' Instead, they will be cataloged as ``unclassified'' violations.
An OSHA official confirmed that the agency had reached a tentative agreement, but would not comment on specifics until the settlement goes through procedural channels at the agency, which will take about a month.
Coen said OSHA had announced the fines and violations in a May 15 news release before the company had a chance to make its case that the penalties were too strong.
A May 28 Plastics News story mistakenly said the fine was levied on AmTopp's stretch film operation. OSHA did not cite the stretch film operation for any safety violations - the infractions had been applied to another part of the Lolita film operation, which is part of Livingston, N.J.-based Inteplast Group Ltd.