Clean Air Act Violation Results in Forced US$700 Million Investment

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that HOVENSA LLC has agreed to pay US$5.375 million in civil penalties and invest more than US$700 million in new and upgraded pollution controls to settle Clean Air Act charges. Additionally, the settlement requires “more stringent emission limits and aggressive monitoring, leak-detection and repair practices to reduce emissions from refinery equipment and process units”. The company allegedly made changes to its refinery, which led to increased emissions “without first obtaining pre-construction permits and installing required pollution control equipment”.
DoJ’s media release (26 January 2011)
(Source: DoJ; US Environmental Protection Agency)