osha-logoSPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP)€” A federal agency has proposed $74,000 in fines for a storage tank manufacturer accused of exposing workers to hazardous levels of a chemical than can cause lung cancer and other health problems.

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a release Thursday the agency is proposing $74,000 in fines for a dozen serious safety violations at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based Abec Inc.’s facility in Springfield. Abec manufactures stainless steel tanks.

OSHA says Abec workers were exposed to hexavalent chromium and potentially deafening noise. OSHA says hexavalent chromium can cause lung cancer and respiratory, eye and skin damage at high levels.

Abec did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Thursday evening. The company has about three weeks to comply or contest the findings.