HESS OIL VIRGIN ISLANDS CORP.
OSHRC Docket No. 749
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
January 9, 1973
Before MORAN, Chairman; VAN NAMEE and BURCH, Commissioners
BURCH, COMMISSIONER: On December 13, 1972, Judge Jose J. Saul issued an order granting the respondent's motion to withdraw its notice of contest in the captioned matter.
Pursuant to section 12(j) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C.A. 651, et seq., 84 Stat. 1590, hereinafter referred to as "the Act"), I am hereby directing that the Judge's decision be reviewed by the Commission.
The respondent in this case received a citation for a serious violation of the Act along with a notification of proposed penalty in the amount of $700. In the Judge's order granting respondent's motion to withdraw its notice of contest, Judge Jose J. Saul did not affirm the citation or the proposed penalty.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the Judge's order is amended to provide that respondent's inotion to withdraw its notice of contest is granted and the Secretary's citation and notification of proposed penalty are AFFIRMED.
[The Judge's decision referred to herein follows]
SAUL, JUDGE, OSAHRC: This case is before the undersigned Judge upon assignment of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The Respondent has moved to withdraw its notice of contest, stating that it is in compliance with all provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and will remain in compliance; that abatement is inapplicable since the operations in question were terminated by the destruction of the storage tanks mentioned in the citation; and that the Notice of Contest herein was filed in accordance with the requirements of the Commission. The Complainant has filed his Response to Respondent's Motion, stating inter alia that the operations in question were terminated, and the Notice of Contest filed, as recited in the Motion, and stating also that the Complainant has no objection to Respondent's Motion.
The undersigned has since been advised by the Complainant that he has received from the Respondent a check in the sum of $700.00, the amount of the proposed penalty herein.
The undersigned has also been advised by the Respondent that posting of copies of the said Motion and Response thereto has been effected as of December 6, 1972. No objections to the said Motion have been filed.
On the basis of the foregoing, of the pleadings, and of the representatives of the parties herein, it is determined that the Motion should be granted, and it is so ordered.
There being no further contest in this case, it is recommended that this Order be made the Order of the Commission.