Oil Giant Settles Alleged Clean Air Act Violations for $300 Million

Posted on 11/3/2017 by Roger Marks

Oil_Refinery_68568742.jpgIn a settlement reached with the US EPA, the US Department of Justice, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), a major oil and gas company has agreed to install and operate air pollution control and monitoring technology at five of its petrochemical and plastics facilities in
Texas and Louisiana.

In addition to the facility upgrades, which will cost an estimated $300 million, the company will pay a $2.5 million civil penalty for alleged Clean Air Act violations and complete supplemental environmental projects at a cost of about another $2.5 million.

According to the consent decree, the company allegedly violated the following Federal and State air pollution regulatory requirements:

New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)

New Source Performance Standards, found at 40 CFR 60, are technology-based standards developed by US EPA to control air pollution from regulated facilities. The NSPS rules require facilities to operate in a way that minimizes emissions.

National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs)

NESHAPs require facilities to apply specific technologies and controls to specific equipment to prevent the volume of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) emitted from that equipment from exceeding EPA’s thresholds. The NESHAPs can be found at 40 CFR 61 and 63.

Title V Permitting

Title V of the Clean Air Act establishes permitting requirements for sources of air pollution. Facilities operating under a Title V permit must operate in compliance with the provisions of that permit and certify compliance periodically.

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