UpdateUS MarkWest to work with EPA, communities following settlement

29 August 2013 23:08  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--The owner of a Texas off-gas processing plant reaffirmed on Thursday its commitment to working with nearby communities and environmental regulators following a settlement over Clean Air Act violations.

MarkWest will invest more than $650,000 (€488,000) to reduce flaring events and pay a civil penalty of $97,500 as part of an agreement reached with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over Clean Air Act violations, the EPA announced.

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

The agreement 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.

"MarkWest is committed to working cooperatively with EPA and the local communities in which it operates, and this settlement is a reflection of that commitment,” said Josh Hallenbeck, a spokesperson with MarkWest.

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.”

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By: Jeremy Pafford
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