Western Refining To Pay $1.5M Over Refinery Emissions

Law360, New York (July 1, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT) -- Western Refining Co. LP agreed Thursday to pay the federal government $1.45 million over the alleged emission of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and other pollutants from gas flaring at its petroleum refinery in El Paso, Texas.

In addition to forking over the civil penalty, the company told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a consent decree in Texas federal court that it would reduce emissions from fluidized catalytic cracking units, flaring devices, heaters and boilers at the plant.

The EPA filed a complaint against the company...
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