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Citgo Fined For Texas Refinery Explosion

Law360 (February 24, 2011, 9:39 PM EST) -- A Texas environmental regulator fined Citgo Petroleum Corp. more than $303,000 on Wednesday for water and air quality violations connected with a 2009 explosion and fire at its Corpus Christi, Texas, refinery.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued the fine over the July 19, 2009, incident at Citgo’s Corpus Christi East plant, which resulted in severe burns to employee Gabriel Alvarado.

The explosion and resulting fire occurred in the hydrogen fluoride alkylation unit, which produces high-octane additives that are used in motor and aviation fuel....
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