13 October 2010 21:30 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS)--ConocoPhillips and Sasol have agreed to reimburse the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for some $4.5m (€3.2m) in costs incurred in cleaning up the Calcasieu Estuary in southwest ?xml:namespace>
Under a consent decree lodged in a federal district court in
At the same time, the
“It is important that polluters help pay for clean-up,” said EPA regional administrator Al Armendariz.
“Recovering more than $4.5m is another milestone in our on-going work to address historical pollution problems in this area of
The agency, in its statement, did not detail the nature of the contamination, merely saying that heavy industry dominated the southern reaches of Bayou Verdine, which was the recipient of industrial discharges.
Bayou Verdine is a waterway within the Calcasieu Estuary that flows into the
Conoco operates a 239,000 bbl/day refinery in the area while Sasol has a chemicals complex there, according to the companies’ respective websites.
($1 = €0.72)
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