07 April 2009 22:47 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US base oil supplier Calumet reached a settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pay $230,000 (€172,500) to resolve Clean Air Act violations at its refinery in Shreveport, Louisiana, the regulator said on Tuesday.
On 30 October, a fire broke out in a storage tank that collects by-products from the refinery process at the 7,500 bbl/day base oil facility. The tank collapsed after the explosion, spilling the by-product and producing thick black smoke for two hours.
No one was injured during the fire, and the surrounding area was not evacuated.
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Moreover, the inspection revealed that the company failed to implement safe work practices because employees did not have vapour monitoring equipment and lacked proper personal protective equipment, the EPA said.
“When companies fail to follow the rules, immediate action will be taken to ensure compliance with the law,” said John Blevins, EPA Region 6 compliance assurance and enforcement division director.
The EPA said it worked together with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality in responding to the violations.
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