Company disputes fine in explosion

A Wisconsin milling company is disputing federal labor officials' decision to levy a $1.8 million fine in connection with a fatal plant explosion.

The Didion Milling Co. plant in Cambria exploded on May 31. Five workers died. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday that a preventable accumulation of grain dust probably caused the explosion and proposed fining the company $1.8 million.

Didion has 15 days to comply to challenge the fine. Company officials issued a statement Friday saying they don't agree with OSHA's conclusions or the penalty's severity. They say they're working with their attorneys to determine how to proceed.

They added they plan to build a new plant with state-of-the-art safety systems.

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