Total Fined $2.9M For Clean Air Act Violations

Law360, New York (May 1, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A subsidiary of French oil company Total SA has been fined $2.9 million and must make $37 million in pollution control upgrades for violating the Clean Air Act.

According to a complaint and accompanying consent decree filed Monday with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Total Petrochemicals USA Inc.’s Port Arthur refinery—the only one it owns in the United States—has been pumping excess hydrogen sulfide and other noxious gases into the environment.

Among other things, the company has agreed to upgrade its...
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