19 August 2009 18:26 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in a federal court against Chevron Phillips Chemical, accusing the producer of repeated violations of the US Clean Air Act at its Cedar Bayou chemical plant in Baytown, Texas.
The suit, filed by the Sierra Club and Environment Texas groups, accused the facility of releasing more than 1m lbs (450 tonnes) of excess air pollutants since 2003, including toxic chemicals benzene and 1,3-butadiene.
The groups said they wanted a court order requiring Chevron to end its Clean Air Act violations, while making the company subject to civil penalties of $32,500 (€23,075) or more per day for each violation.
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In addition to the release of benzene and 1,3-butadiene, the suit also cited more than 300,000 lb of unauthorised emissions of carbon monoxide since 2003.
“Chevron Phillips Chemical is committed to operating in accordance with all federal and state regulations,” spokesman Brian Cain said in a statement. “Since 2001, the Cedar Bayou plant has reduced its total reportable emission events by more than 73% and its total annual emissions by 63%.”
The lawsuit comes on the heels of a $5.8m settlement the two groups reached with Shell earlier this year over alleged Clean Air Act violations at the company’s site in
That settlement is believed to be the largest in an environmental citizen lawsuit in
The groups said they expect to meet with Chevron in the near future to discuss a resolution of their latest claims.
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