Texas regulators fine Chevron Phillips $422,320 for air emissions

26 January 2011 23:27  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) levied $422,320 (€308,294) in fines against Chevron Phillips Chemical for air emissions at its Cedar Bayou facility, the commission said on Wednesday.

The fines stemmed from excess emissions from a flare and improper maintenance of monitoring equipment at the company’s Cedar Bayou facility in Baytown, Texas, the TCEQ said.

“These violations were found in a routine inspection on January 12, 2010,” the commission said. Part of the fine, $211,160, would be used to supplement the operation of an air monitoring system in Harris County.

The Cedar Bayou facility produces several chemicals, including ethylene, polyethylene, propylene and others, according to ICIS plants and projects.

Chevron Phillips did not immediately respond to a query by ICIS.

In all, the TCEQ said approved fines totalling $1.2m this month against 99 entities for violations of state environmental regulations.

($1 = €0.73)

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