Gulf Chemical fined $7.5m for Texas Clean Air Act violations

14 August 2013 20:48  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Gulf Chemical has agreed to pay $7.5m (€5.6m) for violation of the Texas Clean Air Act, the state's attorney general announced on Wednesday.

Gulf Chemical, a subsidiary of France mining and metallurgy company Eramet, had been accused in 2011 by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) of unlawfully emitting pollutants into the air, water and soil from its Freeport plant.

The Freeport facility recovers metals such as molybdenum, vanadium, nickel, cobalt and various alumina products from spent petroleum catalysts.

As part of the agreement, Gulf Chemical will institute real-time metals monitoring in an attempt to ward off future pollution, state attorney general Greg Abbott said.

“Enforcing our state’s environmental quality laws is critical to protecting Texas’s precious natural resources,” Abbott said. “Gulf Chemical’s Freeport facility failed to comply with the law and therefore faced an aggressive enforcement action from the state of Texas. As a result, that facility now faces one of the largest Texas Clean Air Act penalties in state history.”

Abbott’s office said only two other settlements with the state over pollution violations were more costly – BP’s $50m in civil penalties over emissions at its Texas City refinery and Huntsman’s $9m in civil penalties over emissions at its Port Arthur facility.

($1 = €0.75)

By: Jeremy Pafford
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