Oil Giant Settles Alleged Clean Air Act Violations for $300 Million
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, 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.
New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)
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National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs)
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.
Title V Permitting
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