30 April 2007 23:01 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--Total Petrochemicals USA will pay a fine of nearly $3m (€2.2m) and spend $37m on emissions control equipment at its Port Arthur, Texas refinery to settle alleged environmental violations, federal officials said on Monday.
The US Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the consent settlement with Total Petrochemicals resolves allegations that the company violated the Clean Air Act.
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The agency and department said that once the $37m in emissions control improvements are made, the site will reduce annual emissions of nitrogen oxides by more than 180 tonnes, sulphur dioxide by more than 800 tonnes and carbon monoxide by more than 120 tonnes.
EPA said that under terms of the settlement Total Petrochemicals will pay further penalties if the Port Arthur site is the source of future flaring of acid gas or hydrocarbon gases containing hydrogen sulphide and sulphur dioxide.
The agency said that this settlement with Total is the first to include fixed penalties for future flaring of hydrocarbon gases.
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