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Hunt Refineries

Washington, DC: (Sep-28-07) The Justice Department and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought a lawsuit against Hunt Refining Co. and Hunt Southland Refining Co., alleging that the companies violated the federal Clean Air Act. The violations relate to the burning off or flaring of gases from the refineries. In a settlement reached, Hunt Refining Co. and Hunt Southland Refining Co. have agreed to pay a $400,000 civil penalty and spend more than $48.5 million for new and upgraded pollution controls at three refineries. The settlement resolves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and is expected to reduce more than 1,250 tons of harmful emissions annually from the company's petroleum refinery in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and asphalt refineries in Sandersville and Lumberton, Mississippi.

Sources stated that the states of Alabama and Mississippi have joined in the consent decree and will share equal portions of the civil penalty with the EPA. The agreement requires new pollution controls to be installed that will reduce annual emissions of nitrogen oxide by approximately 150 tons per year and sulfur dioxide by almost 1,100 tons per year when fully implemented. The defendants continue to deny any wrongdoing or accept any liability. [ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE: HUNT POLLUTION]

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Published on Oct-1-07


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