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Equistar Chemicals LP

Washington, DC: (Jul-18-07) The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed charges against Houston, Texas based Equistar Chemicals LP, alleging that the company had a myriad of air, water, and hazardous waste violations at seven petrochemical plants in Texas, Illinois, Iowa, and Louisiana. The suit was filed following an investigation conducted by the EPA's National Enforcement Investigations Center (NEIC) at Equistar's Channelview, Texas, and Morris, IL, facilities. During the inspections, the EPA identified extensive Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Clean Water Act violations. The inspectors also found that Equistar had violated laws requiring the company to immediately report spills and releases of hazardous substances to federal and state emergency response centers.

Once Equistar was notified of the violations, the company agreed to address potential compliance issues at all seven of its petrochemical plants. Further, it agreed to spend more than $125 million on pollution controls to avoid future environmental damage, as well as pay a civil penalty of $2.5 million. It will also spend $6.56 million on federal and state supplemental environmental projects. [EARTH TIMES: WASTE VIOLATIONS]

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Published on Jul-20-07


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