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Oil Refiner Agrees to $425 Million Clean Air Act Settlement

Posted on 7/19/2016 by Roger Marks

In a settlement agreement reached with the Department of Justice and US EPA, an oil refining firm has pledged to reduce air pollution at six of its refineries. The $425 million settlement—which includes a $10 million civil penalty and $403 million to install and operation pollution control equipment—was announced in a DOJ press release yesterday.

EPA alleges the Texas-based refining company violated a number of Clean Air Act standards at six refineries, including:
  • Leak detection and repair requirements
  • Prevention of Significant Deterioration
  • Non-attainment New Source Review (NSR) requirements
  • New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)
  • National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)
  • State-level Clean Air programs and permit rules
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New NESHAPs for Petroleum Refineries

The $425 million settlement comes after US EPA last week finalized new NESHAP requirements for oil refineries. The latest update to the Clean Air Act regulations for the oil and gas industry affects regulatory requirements for maintenance vents that may emit hazardous air pollutants during startup, shutdown, maintenance, or inspection.

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