Imperial Sugar VP steps down

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A shake-up at the top of Imperial Sugar. Vice president of operations Graham H. Graham, is leaving the company and settling his discrimination suit against Imperial Sugar.

You may remember Graham testified against the company before a US Senate subcommittee in July.

Graham says he warned company officials of the dangers of combustible dust at the Port Wentworth refinery months before the explosion, but says the company did not help make the plant safer.

CEO John Sheptor tells WTOC Graham left voluntarily to pursue other interests.

"It definitely causes us to have to restructure around his loss and we are in the process of doing that," said Sheptor.

OSHA proposed $8.8 million in fines for safety violations at the Port Wentworth plant and at Imperial's plant in Gramercy, Louisian. An appeal is pending.