The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing (CRRM) has agreed to pay a civil penalty of more than $970,000 and invest more than $4.25 million on new pollution controls and $6.5 million in operating costs to resolve alleged violations of air, Superfund, and community right-to-know laws at its Coffeyville refinery.
Under a consent decree lodged today in U.S. District Court in Wichita, the State of Kansas, which joined in the settlement, will receive a $361,562.50 share of the $970,000 civil penalty.
The settlement will benefit the environment and human health by requiring new and upgraded pollution controls, more stringent emission limits, and more aggressive leak-detection and repair practices to reduce emissions from refinery equipment and process units. Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, two pollutants emitted from refineries, can cause respiratory problems like asthma and are significant contributors to acid rain, smog and haze.
CRRM's refinery has the capacity to refine more than 115,000 barrels of crude oil per day, producing gasoline, diesel fuels, and propane.
"The Clean Air Act is designed to protect people's health from emissions of harmful pollutants," said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. "Today's settlement will protect residents living near the facility and ensure that the necessary pollution controls are installed to protect the residents of southeastern Kansas in the future."
"This settlement puts CRRM on a level playing field with the more than 100 petroleum refineries that have agreed to implement aggressive pollution control measures, thereby reducing the threats posed by harmful emissions to area residents," said Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice. "The agreement reaffirms our commitment to ensure that the petroleum refining industry complies with the nation's Clean Air Act."
"EPA Region 7 welcomes CRRM's promise to control pollutants that have threatened Kansans' health and safety for too long," EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said. "The company's pledge to promptly start and quickly complete pollution-control work supports this Agency's use of the federal environmental protection laws to cut harmful refinery pollutants."