BASF fined $250,000 for emission of more than 424,000 lbs of VOCs

04 September 2013 22:27  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on Wednesday fined BASF $250,000 for air quality violations at its Freeport facility.

More than 424,000 lbs of volatile organic compounds (VOC) were released between 1 November 2011 and 9 March 2012, including more than 83,000 lbs of carbon monoxide (CO) and nearly 6,000 lbs of ethylene and 4,500 lbs of propylene, the TCEQ said.

The emissions came from a problem with the facility’s R-170 catalytic incinerator, the commission said.

Half of the $250,000 fine will go to the state, while the other half will be used by the Houston-Galveston Area Emission Reduction Credit Organization (AERCO) to retrofit school and mass transit buses with devices that cut air pollution, the TCEQ said.

BASF did not immediately return a request for comment.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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