Texas off-gas plant settles with EPA over Clean Air Act violations

29 August 2013 21:10  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A Texas off-gas processor will invest more than $650,000 (€488,000) to reduce flaring events and pay a civil penalty of $97,500 in a settlement reached with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over Clean Air Act violations, the EPA announced on Thursday.

The settlement with MarkWest over its Javelina plant in Corpus Christi addresses violations that occurred between 1 September 2012 and 30 January 2013, the EPA said.

The settlement requires that the plant’s operational reliability be improved without increasing emissions. The company also will establish a 24-hour hotline to answer community questions about flaring events.

The Javelina site is an off-gas processing plant owned by the Denver, Colorado-based company. It processes approximately 138 million cubic feet (mcf) (3.91 million cubic metres) per day of off-gas from six Corpus Christi refineries, extracting ethylene, ethane, propylene, propane, butane, natural gasoline and hydrogen, according to the company.

“EPA is committed to reducing toxic air pollution from sources that have an impact on the health of our citizens,” said Ron Curry, the EPA's regional administrator. “This agreement has a positive and direct impact on improving air quality and communication for the surrounding community.”

MarkWest did not immediately return a request for comment.

($1 = €0.75)


By: Jeremy Pafford
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