CITGO fined $737,000, to install emissions projects in US

19 September 2013 21:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--CITGO Petroleum will pay a $737,000 penalty and will implement emission reduction projects at two of its US refineries, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday.

The actions agreed to will resolve violations of the Clean Air Act at its 174,500 bbl/day Lemont refinery in Illinois and its 427,800 bbl/day Lake Charles refinery in Louisiana.

CITGO will install a geodesic dome on one of the fuel storage tanks its Lemont refinery, as well as carbon absorption systems on two fuel storage tanks at its Lake Charles refinery in order to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), by more than 100 short tons (90 tonnes) over the next five years, according to the EPA.

A complaint filed by the agency alleged that the Lake Charles refinery produced fuel that exceeded the refinery’s annual average emissions limit for mobile source air toxics, including benzene.

The EPA also said that CITGO failed to sample and test reformulated gasoline blendstock at its Lemont refinery.

CITGO did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

CITGO is the US refining subsidiary of Venezuela’s national oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA.

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By: Anna Matherne
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