Victims of the March 2005 explosion at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas, who object to a proposed plea deal calling for BP Products North America to pay a $50 million fine for violating the Clean Air Act will get a chance to convince a federal judge to reject the deal, which they allege is “shockingly lenient.”

At a hearing on Nov. 28, U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal of Houston agreed to allow lawyers representing victims of the refinery blast to provide her with information that they believe will help her decide to reject the plea deal.

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